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Hilmar Cheese to Shed Milk Powder Plant in California

April 22, 2019
Hilmar Cheese plans to sell its milk powder plant in Turlock, CA. Image courtesy of Hilmar Cheese Company
Hilmar Cheese plans to sell its milk powder plant in Turlock, CA. Image courtesy of Hilmar Cheese Company

Cheese and ingredients manufacturer Hilmar Cheese Company Inc. entered into an agreement to shed its milk powder production facility in Turlock, CA to California Dairies Inc. (CDI), the firm announced in a recent press release. The divestment of the plant is part of the firm’s Strategic Plan 2021. 

“Our cheese, whey protein and lactose business remains core to our future. The Turlock milk powder facility sale supports our plan to focus on products to grow the strength of our business and fulfill our vision for the future,” the president and chief executive officer of Hilmar Cheese, David Ahlem, said in a statement.

CDI plans to offer jobs to workers who are presently employed at the Turlock facility. The sale is expected to have no impact on dairy producers that supply milk to Hilmar Cheese, according to the company. 

“We’re committed to building on Hilmar Cheese Company’s strong culture and propose to improve lives while setting a bold vision for the future,” said Ahlem. “The Strategic Plan 2021 identifies the strategies we will use over the next three years to create sustainable growth that is repeatable, ethical, and responsible to current and future communities.”

The sale of the facility is expected to close this May. 

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