There was absolutely no equipment when Nuestro Queso moved into a shuttered cheesemaking facility in Illinois six years ago. As the company continues to grow, it is still buying processing and packaging machines.
The start-up U.S. dairy Nuestro Queso (‘our cheese’ in Spanish) meets the needs of Hispanic buyers on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The company also is building a following for its award-winning products among non-Latinos who appreciate the natural, fresh cheeses.
Joseph Gallo Farms might just be the very model of a modern major cheesemaker. It’s all about use and re-use. Nothing goes to waste at this central California cheesemaking and dairy farming business. What little waste there is is re-purposed into salable ingredients, energy or gray water.
The nimble cheesemakers at Westby Cooperative Creamery can make a dozen different conventional and organic products a day. They process cheeses, yogurts and other cultured dairy foods for private-label accounts, plus Westby’s own award-winning cottage cheese brand.
Westby Cooperative Creamery urges customers to “take home country goodness.” Sales at the Wisconsin co-op are growing steadily, thanks to contract manufacturing of organic and conventional products, steady demand from foodservice and institutional accounts, and a focus on product development.
The state of Wisconsin has a long tradition of cheesemaking. Swiss, German and Italian immigrants processed local milk into the cheeses they knew from the Old Country, such as Emmenthal, Muenster and provolone.
On Demand Join Dr. John A. Lucey of the Center for Dairy Research for a free webinar about the best practices for controlling cheese functionality. Dr. Lucey also is professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of the popular Cheese Doctor column in Dairy Foods.