Beyer Farms, located in Jamaica on Liberty Avenue, closed its doors on Dec. 11, leaving its 140 employees without a job, according to the New York Post.
The company, which is the largest distributor of dairy and refrigerated products, including Tuscan-brand milk, racked up several million dollars in debt with its supplier, Texas-based Dean Foods, prompting it to stop shipping product, according to Jamaison Schuler, a spokesman for Dean.
“Though we’ve tried multiple times over the last two years to resolve payment issues with Beyer Farms, this growing financial exposure was not sustainable,” Dean said in an email Schuler sent. “Therefore, Tuscan had no choice but to terminate the Agreement with Beyer Farms.”
The company went on to say that the decision does not impact its ability to make and sell Tuscan Dairy products. “We are working with customers and other distributors to ensure that the Tuscan Dairy brand continues to be available to consumers in the New York metropolitan area,” the Texas firm said.
Beyer Farms was founded in 1913 in Maspeth by Jacob Beyer, who ran what was a small neighborhood dairy. His son Clarence took over in 1933 and started delivering milk with only one truck. The business grew and expanded over the next four decades. Keeping it a family-owned business, Clarence’s sons, Henry and Michael, took over in 1977.
Beyer Farms could not be reached for comment.