The small town of Ellsworth, Wis., which is tucked into the Northwest corner of Wisconsin close to the Twin Cities, has a big claim to fame. In a state renowned for its cheese curds, it was the town designated the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin" due to being home to the eponymous Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is so known for its cheese curd production that former Gov. Anthony S. Earl named Ellsworth, Wis., the town where the company is based, the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin" in 1984.
Nearly 4,000 votes were cast in this year’s poll, and the string cheese processor’s plant came out on top.
August 2, 2020
On behalf of the entire Baker Cheese team, we are honored to be voted the Dairy Foods 2020 "Plant of the Year." Our plant’s success is directly impacted by the incredible dedication and talents of our 250-plus employees and the quality of milk we receive from our local farms. These two critical components allow us to partner with an amazing list of customers that value our award-winning and world-class string cheese.
Some people, including, most famously, Steve Jobs, say that it is better to focus on one thing and do it well. Off a nondescript state highway in east-central Wisconsin, Baker Cheese Inc. is proving the adage to be true.
In a board meeting room dominated by a framed oil painting of his great grandfather, Errico Auricchio tells the story about his audacious entrepreneurial dream. In 1979, he left Italy with his wife and young children to craft specialty cheeses with the same artisan methods his family had used for 100 years.
Idyllic Crescent City, Calif., is known for being the gateway to Redwood National and State Parks, where some of the oldest trees in the United States live. But the small town, which hugs the Pacific Ocean right by the Oregon border, has another claim to fame.
In certain ways, the story of Rumiano Cheese Co. sounds a lot like the American dream. It all began when the Rumianos emigrated from Northern Italy to the San Francisco area during World War I to work first in the mines, and then in the shipyards. A century later, their flourishing cheese company is still in the family.
Schreiber Foods (Schreiber) is among the largest privately held companies in the United States. The dairy processor ranked No. 74 on Forbes' 2018 "Americas' Largest Private Companies" list and posted $5.2 billion in revenues in 2018.