Sargento expanding to meet demand for natural cheese

by Rebekah Schouten
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Sargento Foods facility in Hilbert, Wisconsin
Sargento Foods is adding 40,000 square feet to its facility in Hilbert, Wis.

PLYMOUTH, WIS. — Sargento Foods, Inc. is expanding its Hilbert, Wis., facility just 14 months after production began at the location. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

The expansion will add 40,000 square feet to the 70,000-square-foot building and bring 150 new jobs to the facility, which currently employs about 300. The increased production space will help the company meet the growing demand for natural cheese, Sargento said.

Portia Young, Sargento
Portia Young, director of corporate communications for Sargento

“A lot of people like to snack instead of just eating meals right now, so we’re really capitalizing on that trend and our innovative products are speaking to that trend and trying to meet that consumer need,” said Portia Young, director of corporate communications for Sargento.

Sargento Foods also operates production facilities in Plymouth and Kiel, Wis., and a technical center in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The company has more than 1,900 employees overall and net sales exceeding $1.3 billion. 
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