Source: Hilmar Cheese Company
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. continues to invest in Texas by announcing plans to increase cheese capacity and add 500 pound barrel production at the Dalhart, Texas manufacturing site. The company currently processes cheese into 40 pound blocks and 640 pound blocks.
“We are expanding to meet our customers’ growing demand for our products,” explained David Ahlem, chief operating officer, Hilmar Cheese Company. “Both global and domestic cheese consumption continues to increase.”
Hilmar Cheese Company has continually grown the Texas facility. It was built from a green-field site in 2005. The company began processing cheese in September 2007.
In 2010, the facility almost doubled capacity. This included additional milk storage, four additional milk receiving bays and expansion to the cheese production line. On the whey processing side, additional equipment enhanced the whey protein product offering.
In 2012, improvements included additional water conservation and recycling capabilities to further enhance sustainability efforts.
In 2014, the company added new capabilities on an existing 40 pound block cheese production line.
This new expansion will increase production capacity by twenty percent when completed in 2016. It will also provide flexibility for cheese packaging to better meet customer needs.
“Texas continues to be a great place to invest in cheese processing with plenty of available milk and a very stable regulated milk pricing environment,” concluded Ahlem.
Hilmar Cheese Company Inc., founded in 1984, is a privately held corporation. Committed to continuous improvement, innovation, and environmental sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company and its division, Hilmar Ingredients, serve customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the-art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk received from more than 230 dairy farms into a variety of cheese and whey ingredients. The company specializes in the production of natural cheddar and natural-style cheeses utilized by private label and national brand companies worldwide. Its Hilmar Ingredients division manufactures and markets globally a wide range of whey protein and lactose products with a new milk powder line coming in late 2015.www.hilmarcheese.com