Hilmar Cheese Co. to build new processing plant in Texas

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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DALHART, TEXAS — Texas Governor Rick Perry and Hilmar Cheese Co., the world’s largest single-site producer of cheese and whey products, on Thursday jointly announced the company’s decision to build a new cheese and whey protein processing plant in Dalhart. The facility will be the company’s first processing plant outside of its Hilmar, Calif., facility and corporate headquarters.

"This decision took us some two years to make as we reviewed several options in a handful of states," said John Jeter, chief executive officer of Hilmar Cheese. "But, in the end, our decision to expand our operations to Dalhart was based on several key factors, including Texas’ positive business climate, reliable regulatory environment, and an up-and-coming local dairy industry in Dalhart and the greater Amarillo area.

"This new site will give us the additional capacity necessary to supply the growing needs of our cheese and whey protein customers and is a natural step for us to take in terms of getting closer, geographically, to our existing and new East coast and Midwest customers."

The new processing facility will be built in two phases, the first of which is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2007.

Located in California’s Central Valley, Hilmar Cheese was established in 1984 by 12 local dairy farm families. Privately owned, the company currently employs more than 600 local residents.

Hilmar produces a variety of cheese, including cheddar, monterey jack, pepper jack, colby, colby jack and mozzarella. The whey is processed into whey protein concentrate, used as an ingredient in many foods, including nutritional beverages and bars, and lactose, marketed internationally as an ingredient in confections.

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