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Hilmar Cheese Co. Announces New California Site

January 16, 2014

The Turlock facility will produce a variety of milk powders for global distribution.

Source: Hilmar Cheese

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. today announced plans to build a milk powder processing facility in Turlock, Calif.

"We are expanding our ingredients business to meet strong global demand for milk powders," said John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese Company CEO and president. "The U.S. dairy industry, and specifically California, is well positioned to be a consistent supplier to the world."

The Turlock facility will produce a variety of milk powders designed to be a primary foundation for delivering nutrition in various forms to a hungry and developing world. Milk powder is a convenient form of milk that does not require refrigeration and is simple to reconstitute. It’s an easily transported and stored ingredient making it an important source of dairy for developing nations.

[Editor’s note: Turlock is located about 5 miles north of Hilmar, in the San Joaquin Valley.]

"With this expansion into milk powders, we are continuing our tradition of converting our high quality milk supply into the value-added products customers want," said Tom Ielmini, vice president, Hilmar Ingredients. "We now have customers in 50 countries and are always striving to meet their needs. This is part of a broader plan to be a larger, more dynamic global supplier."

Hilmar Cheese Company’s division, Hilmar Ingredients, will market the milk powder.

GO-Biz, Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development, assisted with site-selection.

"GO-Biz is excited that Hilmar Cheese Company is expanding their presence in California, further strengthening the state’s food processing industry," said director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Kish Rajan. "Our team worked closely with Hilmar Cheese Company to help them find a location for their new facility and we look forward to helping them continue to grow and provide new job opportunities."

The Turlock location provides numerous advantages. It is ready for construction and the location is excellent for export opportunities through the Port of Oakland.

"The City of Turlock’s staff was excellent to work with," Jeter said. "This is a great example of how effective business and government can be when we work closely together."

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