Davisco's Diversifying West Coast Cheese Production

Nov 09, 2010, 10:46 ET from Davisco Foods International, Inc.

LE SUEUR, Minn., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerome Cheese Company, a division of Davisco Foods International, Inc., has announced they are adding the capability to produce Pasta Filata Mozzarella at their production factory in Jerome, Idaho. The 320,000 square foot manufacturing facility that currently produces 520,000 pounds of American type cheese per day will have the capability to produce Pasta Filata Mozzarella.

Troy Ammann, Director of Cheese Operations for Davisco Foods said, "Our focus is to provide solutions for our West Coast customers by supplying mozzarella from the Idaho location. We've positioned ourselves to add the mozzarella production in Jerome after realizing the overwhelming demand from these customers. Not only will we better serve our customers in the western US but the Idaho location will provide better access to our international customers that we ship to from western ports. We have the milk from our Dairymen, the technical support internally and we expect to create up to 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion."

Jon Davis, Davisco's Chief Operations Officer, said, "Our customers have been very insistent that they would like the option of another high quality west coast supplier of Mozzarella. This expansion satisfies those requests, while allowing us to continue our philosophy of investing in the flexibility to react to the demand of the marketplace. This flexibility will allow us to maximize the utilization of our Idaho Milk Producers high quality milk while ensuring we capture the most value from that milk."

Davisco expects this addition to be commissioned and operational early next summer.

About Davisco Foods Intl, Inc.

Davisco Foods International, Inc. is a family-owned, international cheese and food ingredient company headquartered in Le Sueur, MN. Operating five dairy processing plants (cheese, whey and other dairy-based food ingredients) in South Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho, Davisco produces more than 370 million pounds of cheese annually and is one of the largest suppliers of cheese to Kraft Foods. Davisco has sales offices in Minneapolis, Geneva, Shanghai and world partners in the Middle East, Japan and Africa. A pioneer in whey protein isolate research, Davisco produces more than 10 million pounds of whey protein isolates annually. Davisco is the industry leader in technology and production, accounting for 65% of whey protein isolates sold worldwide. For more information about Davisco Foods please visit www.daviscofoods.com or call 1-800-757-7611.

SOURCE Davisco Foods International, Inc.