Cedar Grove Cheese Awarded Dairy Processor Grant

Cedar Grove Cheese Inc., a traditional and specialty cheese producer, has been granted funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Dairy Processor Grant.

A total of 38 applicants submitted grant proposals to the Department with projects ranging from cheesemaker training to cybersecurity. The grant is intended to fund and support innovation to improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities. Of the 28 applicants, 21 companies were selected.

A total of $400,000 was available for this year’s grants, with a maximum of $50,000 per project. Grant recipients are required to provide a match of at least 20 percent of the grant amount. DATCP received 38 grant requests totaling more than $1.5 million.

Founded in 1878, Cedar Grove Cheese has been providing Wisconsin with specialty cheeses for over a century. In December 1993, the company became the first in the country to assure its customers that all of their products were rBGH-free, which means there were no synthetic growth hormones involved. Shortly after, in 2001, the company decided all its products would be made exclusively with non-genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The company has continuously committed to R&D and innovation, ensuring they are leading the industry in traditional and specialty cheese production.

The other Dairy Processor Grant recipients and their planned projects are:

  • Chalet Cheese Cooperative, Monroe ‒ Create a marketing development plan.
  • Eau Galle Cheese Factory LLC, Durand ‒ Invest in a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Family Dairies USA, Madison ‒ Conduct a feasibility study for the ownership of a conversion facility.
  • Harmony Cheese LLC, Stratford ‒ Make processing improvements.
  • Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe ‒Invest in cybersecurity for cheese plants.
  • Landmark Creamery LLC, Paoli ‒ Invest in expansion and modernization.
  • Marieke House of Gouda LLC, Eau Claire ‒Invest and model for distance retail and remote sales.
  • Nasonville Dairy Inc., Marshfield ‒ Facilitate expansion and audit assistance.
  • Roelli Cheese Co. Inc., Shullsburg ‒ Invest in cheesemaker training and expansion.
  • Rosewood Dairy, Sturgeon Bay ‒ Fund installation of a wastewater tank.
  • Terry Woods LTD, Walworth ‒ Purchase comprehensive responsive software package.
  • Safety Fresh Foods LLC, Plymouth ‒ Invest in waste reduction and innovation.
  • Scoops Ice Cream, Chilton ‒ Invest in expansion and modernization.
  • Uplands Cheese, Dodgeville ‒ Develop new cheese plant engineering.
  • V&V Supremo, Browntown ‒ Invest in a plant modernization project.
  • Weber’s Farm Store, Marshfield ‒ Invest in flavor labels and expansion.
  • Westby Cooperative Creamery, Westby ‒ Develop packaging redesign.
  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars Inc., Theresa ‒ Invest in plant modernization.
  • Winona Foods, Inc., Green Bay ‒ Invest in a leak detection system.
  • Wisconsin Whey Protein, Turtle Lake ‒ Complete dryer modification project at Turtle Lake plant.

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