The Hilmar facility is the first privately-funded LEED Platinum certified building in Merced County, and one of just a few in the Central Valley.
“As far as we know, it is also the first dairy industry LEED Platinum certified building in the United States,” commented David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company Vice President and General Manager - Cheese.
LEED certification is based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. The headquarters and Innovation Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The Innovation Center, with the latest pilot plant and food application equipment, is focused on delivering greater service and knowledge to U.S. and global customers. Food scientists use the newest equipment and technology to help food companies find success incorporating dairy into healthy foods and beverages.
Hilmar Cheese Company Inc., founded in 1984, is a privately held corporation. More than 1,200 employees process high-quality cheese and whey ingredients from its facilities in California and Texas. Visit www.hilmarcheese.com
Quality, variety key for pizza category
U.S. consumers eat pizza about 3.4 times a month, according to Technomic’s latest Pizza Consumer Trend Report. In addition to traditional pizza formats, today's expanded retail options and the emergence of the trendy fast-casual pizza segment are giving consumers plenty of ways to satisfy their pizza cravings.
Yet consumers indicated they want to see even more variety on pizza menus. They're calling for more toppings and a wider assortment of offerings—such as pizza by the slice and portable pizza snacks they can eat on the go. Additionally, quality and freshness are factoring more strongly into today's pizza purchasing decisions.
For pizza operators to stay competitive and add market share, they'll have to strengthen the quality perception by promoting freshness and customization opportunities, while giving customers a more interesting range of toppings, crusts and other options that emphasize variety.
Source: Technomic is a consulting and research firm serving the food industry.
Land O'Lakes, Feeding America team up on ‘Pin A Meal, Give A Meal’
The “Pin A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign is in full swing, running through May 31. In partnership with Feeding America® – the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization – the Land O'Lakes Foundation and Land O'Lakes Dairy Foods team are delivering easy recipe ideas and hunger relief, all in one.