Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. announced plans to increase cheese capacity and add 500-lb. barrel production at the Dalhart, Texas manufacturing site. The company currently processes cheese into 40-lb. blocks and 640-lb. 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-lb. block cheese production line.
This new expansion will increase production capacity by 20% 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, converting milk from more than 230 dairy farms into a variety of cheese and whey ingredients. Visit www.hilmarcheese.com.