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Our History

A Story That Began In 1927

A Little Dairy in Downey City

Cultivated from the ground up at the hardworking hands of immigrant entrepreneurs, Rockview Family Farms is a piece of California’s agricultural history and a living picture of the American Dream.

It all started 89 years ago, when an Irish immigrant named Bob Hops opened a small dairy in what was then called “Downey City”—a little town situated in the sprawling California farmlands of the early nineteenth century. Five years later, the industrious McCandless brothers bought the company, growing it to include six drive-in dairy stores, 70 home delivery routes, and a wholesale division with eight routes.

A Legacy of Excellence<br> Still Alive Today

A Legacy of Excellence
Still Alive Today

When the small company began to struggle in the early 1960s, another immigrant entrepreneur—this time from Holland—was watching the trouble unfold while running his own farm to supply milk to Rockview. In 1965, believing old-country hard work could rescue the young operation, this farmer and our grandfather, Pete DeGroot, bought the company and set to work fixing things.

More than 50 years later, the only things that have changed are the number of farms we own, facilities we operate, and products we offer.

Rockview is still run by the DeGroot family, and is one of Southern California’s few remaining family-owned and -operated fluid milk operations. We still own our farms and cows, and we’re still committed to that same old-world hard work and customer service.

Raised On Rockview

Did you know? Southern California children have been drinking Rockview milk at school for over 44 years.

Historical Flavor Meets Famous Fun!

Did you know? You’ll find Rockview Milk at some of Southern California’s favorite and most famous theme parks.

“Just wanted to say thanks for providing my preferred milk for the last 45 years. Other brands may match the nutrition label but not the taste”

–Greg M., Lake Elsinore, CA


Did you watch the student-made “Raised on Rockview” videos from Old River Elementary? They did a great job! Follow the link in our profile to check them out and vote on your favorite! What’s your favorite milk to put on your cereal? 🥛 — Snap a pic of a Rockview carton next to your bowl and tag #RockviewCereal and you might win a @grocery_outlet gift card! Because a fourth-generation family-owned and operated business is only possible with a legacy of strong mothers... HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 🌼🌼🌼 Tag some of the incredible mothers in your life to say thank you for all they do. Fill er up Friday! 🥛🥛🥛 Double dap if you’re a fan of our new oat milk or if you’re excited to try it! The student-made videos from our partnership with Old River Elementary are LIVE! 🎞 🎥 Visit our BLOG (link in profile) to watch them! Be sure to tell us your favorite Students at Old River Elementary showing off their Rockview shirts! 👫 We’re posting the videos they made for our 2019 contest tomorrow! Is any butter better? 👌🏼 We’re vintage quality now in a convenient paper carton 😉 — #vintage #milkman #rockviewfamilyfarms Everything you could need! Thanks for the snap @grandma_kit_kat! Is it even Easter if you don’t DIY an Easter basket using your Rockview gallon jug? 🐣 Search “milk jug Easter basket” on Pinterest for inspiration and tag us if you get crafty! Question of the day: Have you tried our OAT MILK?!? — We’ve got a brand spankin’ new blog post all about this new trendy beverage. We’re convinced it’s the tastiest one out there and should be in your fridge! Fancy glass? Over cereal? With a cookie to dunk? Tell us your favorite way to enjoy milk! 🥛☕️🍪 #milk #rockviewfamilyfarms #milkandcookies