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Panelists discuss challenges, opportunities for dairy trade

April 20, 2018

By Alyssa Mitchell

MILWAUKEE — As dairy stakeholders across the globe gathered in Milwaukee this week for the 2018 International Cheese Technology Expo, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) convened a panel to highlight challenges and opportunities for U.S. dairy around the world.


The panel — moderated by Tom Vilsack, president and CEO, USDEC, and featuring Ross Christieson, senior vice president, cheese marketing and North Asia business unit director, USDEC; Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president, trade policy, USDEC and executive director of the Consortium for Common Food Names; Nina Bakht Halal, executive director, USDEC Middle East office; and Angélique Hollister, vice president, cheese marketing and team lead, Middle East, USDEC — shared opportunities available to U.S. cheesemakers and suppliers interested in growing their business in international markets.


Vilsack also addressed expo attendees in a keynote address prior to the session, in which he noted 2017 was the second-best year for cheese export sales in U.S. history, with 752 million pounds exported.


“At USDEC, we try to create globally a better awareness and understanding of U.S. dairy,” Vilsack says. “Our goal is for the U.S. to be the No. 1 global supplier of cheese.”


To get there will take some work, though, as the United States must aim to provide a consistent supply across the world, he says.


• Key markets


In the dairy trade session, Christieson highlighted various ways cheese is being used in different countries, from being featured in desserts and bakery in the Middle East to tea infusions in Southeast Asia.


Mozzarella pizza cheese also is a popular category, he notes.


Bakht Halal provided a more in-depth look into the Middle East/North African (MENA) market, noting there is great untapped potential for U.S. dairy in this region.


In particular, demand for more natural and specialty cheeses is growing in this region, providing a key opportunity for U.S. cheesemakers, she says, noting the MENA region imports 40 percent of its cheese consumption.


She adds that by 2021, it is projected that cheese imports in the region will surpass 548,000 metric tons.


“The U.S. market needs to be part of that,” she says.


However, the United States has a strong competitor in Europe, Bakht Halal notes. European Union (EU) nations have been on the ground in Middle Eastern countries for years, building relationships and even joint ventures with companies in the region.


She says Middle Eastern markets are easy to get into logistically, with minimal tariffs and trade barriers.


However, relationships are a huge part of the culture, and Bakht Halal says it’s important for U.S. companies to make face-to-face contact with business partners and to do more than trying to establish a connection over email.


“I hope to see your products in our market, and we’re there to provide help,” she says.


• Policy challenges


Inroads into some other markets present more of a challenge, Castaneda says.


“Trade policy is the art of patience and persistence,” he says, noting U.S. dairy’s focus on global trade has been a journey, starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently being renegotiated.


While there are still a lot of unknowns on NAFTA, Castaneda says negotiators are making progress, and dairy stakeholders have made it clear to Congress and the administration that Canada and Mexico are important markets for the United States.


“A unified dairy industry voice is key to our success,” he says.


Meanwhile, trade tensions between the United States and China have escalated over the past month, but Castaneda says it is in no one’s best interest to get into an escalated trade war.


“Our expectation is that the U.S. and Congress will work to reach a deal,” he says.


U.S. dairy also may have future opportunities in the United Kingdom, pending the outcome of Brexit negotiations, he notes.


• New endeavors


Hollister notes USDEC is available to help U.S. companies who want to bridge the gap and make inroads into international markets.


“We’re here to help educate you, connect you and help you to thrive in these markets,” she says.
The goal is not just for the United States to become the No. 1 global dairy exporter, but to maintain that position, she adds.


To that end, USDEC is engaging in some new initiatives, including building culinary partnerships with chefs and stakeholders around the world to increase education and awareness of U.S. dairy in key markets. This includes adding classes on U.S. cheese into culinary curriculum in other nations, Hollister says.


USDEC also is building retail partnerships to build heritage for “brand USA” and increasing awareness among foreign consumers.


“We’re working on programs to reduce the risk of entry and hold trials of products, then work to educate consumers and keep our products on retail shelves,” Hollister says.


USDEC also is working to tell the story of U.S. dairy, including the industry’s focus on sustainable business practices and innovation.


As part of this endeavor, USDEC earlier this month launched ThinkUSAdairy.org to tell the story of U.S. dairy and feature information on producers, cheesemakers and products to provide a more in-depth look into the U.S. dairy industry, including nutrition information, recipes and new updates.


USDEC also offers export readiness training, the opportunity to participate in trade missions and the opportunity to host overseas trading partners in the United States, Hollister notes.

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House Agriculture Committee votes to pass 2018 Farm Bill

April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee this week passed out of committee the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R.2), also known as the next farm bill.


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) lauded the House Agriculture Committee for approving a draft that contains key dairy policy improvements, saying it is a significant first step toward enacting a new farm bill before the current one expires this fall.


Among the provisions of significance to the U.S. dairy industry in the House bill are additional improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program. The measure raises the maximum covered margin to $9 per hundredweight and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes provisions of an agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) on price risk management.


“The International Dairy Foods Association thanks House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and members of his committee for approving a farm bill that includes key provisions for dairy,” says Michael Dykes, IDFA president and CEO.


“IDFA worked closely with colleagues at the National Milk Producers Federation to unite behind shared solutions for dairy that are reflected in the farm bill that was approved by the committee,” Dykes says.


“We’re hopeful that our collaborative efforts will help to smooth the ultimate enactment of a farm bill that offers enhanced risk management options for dairy processors and producers and establishes a retailer incentive program in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that includes fluid milk,” Dykes adds.


The House bill also addresses several other NMPF priorities. In addition to provisions intended to increase fluid milk consumption, the bill has a conservation title that helps producers access technical and financial assistance to carry out multiple conservation practices on their land and water. Under the trade title, the farm bill authorizes the trade promotion programs that are critical to dairy farmers and their cooperatives, according to NMPF.


“It’s important that the farm bill process continue moving forward,” says NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “As U.S. dairy farmers weather a fourth-straight year of depressed milk prices, making additional improvements to the dairy safety net through this farm bill becomes more critical with each passing day.”


In a statement released this week, Conaway expressed frustration with partisan divisions over the farm bill but also said he “remains hopeful.”


“I look forward to taking this vote to the people’s House — to debating these policies on the floor and to sharing our vision with the American people. We have cleared this hurdle and will deliver a strong, new farm bill on time,” Conaway says.

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2018 World Championship auction raises $210,030

April 20, 2018

MILWAUKEE — Bidders raised $210,030 Wednesday night at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest Auction, held during this week’s International Cheese Technology Expo (ICTE) here.


The auction is part of the biennial ICTE, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR), and funds raised go toward scholarships, education programs and industry support provided by WCMA.


Each item for bid at the auction placed first in its class at the World Championship Cheese Contest, held last month at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. Some of the award winners were combined into one category for bid.


The 2018 World Champion — Esquirrou, made by Michael Touyarou of Mauleon Fromagerie/Group Savencia Cheese, Viroflay, France, and imported by Savencia Cheese USA, New Holland, Pennsylvania — was part of a combined class with Group Savencia Cheese’s Etorki. Membrane Process & Controls Inc., Edgar, Wisconsin, placed the winning bid on the 10-pound World Champion lot at $400 per pound for a total of $4,000.


The highest bid of the night went to ProAmpac, Cincinnati, on 60 pounds of Hatch Pepper Cheddar, Rosemary Asiago and Chebrie made by team members of Quebec-based Saputo Inc. ProAmpac placed the winning bid of $265 per pound for a total of $15,900.


Full auction results are as follows:


• Item 1: MmmmMeister — Nelson-Jameson purchased 10 pounds of Smoked Cheddar made by Team Meister, Meister Cheese, Muscoda, Wisconsin, for $410 per pound or a total of $4,100.


• Item 2: Amazing Arla — GEA purchased a 9-pound Havarti Loaf with Dill made by Ed Giamarino, Arla Foods, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, for $225 per pound or a total of $2,025.


• Item 3: A-M-P-I Won! — Kerry purchased a combined 45 pounds of Colby Jack made by Cheese Team, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), Jim Falls, Wisconsin, and American Pasteurized Process Cheese Loaf made by Process Loaf Team, AMPI, Portage, Wisconsin, for $160 per pound or a total of $7,200.


• Item 4: Delicious DFA — GEA purchased 10 pounds of Part Skim Mozzarella made by Ramon’s Team, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Turlock, California, for $420 per pound or a total of $4,200.


• Item 5: Dutch Masters — Complete Filtration purchased a combined 100 pounds of De Graafstroom Oud made by De Graafstroom Team, De Graafstroom, Bleskensgraaf, Netherlands; Baby Swiss made by Team Steenderen, FrieslandCampina Export, Wolvega, Netherlands; Frico Mild Edam made by Team Marum, FrieslandCampina Export, Wolvega, Netherlands; North-Holland Special Old Big Wheel made by Team Lutjewinkel North-Holland Gold, FrieslandCampina Export, Wolvega, Netherlands; Holland Master Geit made by Team Gerkesklooster, FrieslandCampina Export, Wolvega, Netherlands; Smoked Processed Goat made by Cheesemakers Zaandam, Royal A-ware, Almere, Netherlands; and Boer’n Trots Honey Goat made be Vandersterre Holland Team, Vandersterre Holland, Bodegraven, Netherlands, for $45 per pound or a total of $4,500.


• Item 6: Agropurely Perfect — TC Transcontinental purchased a combined 35 pounds of Smoked Provolone Cheese made by Pat Doell, Agropur, Luxemburg, Wisconsin; Feta made by Micah Klug, Agropur, Weyauwega, Wisconsin; Camembert L’Extra made by Agropur, St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada; and Sharp Cheddar Feather Shred made by Jerome Team, Agropur, Jerome, Idaho, for $425 per pound or a total of $14,875.


• Item 7: Saxon Success — Cherney Microbiological Services purchased a combined 35 pounds of Whole Milk Asiago (5 month), Mild Gouda and Smoked Gouda (8 month) made by Eric Steltenpohl, Saxon Creamery, Cleveland, Wisconsin, for $100 per pound or a total of $3,500.


• Item 8: Mighty Masters — V&V Supremo purchased 5 pounds of Gourmet Cheddar Blend made by Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth, Wisconsin, for $850 per pound or a total of $4,250.


• Item 9: Austrian Masterpieces — Kelley Supply purchased a combined 40 pounds of Der Echte Schnifner Laurentius made by Markus Hartmann, Sennerei Schnifi, Schnifis, Austria; and Arzberger Ursteirer (6 month, First Runner Up) and Teichalmer (9 month), both made by Franz Moestl & Team, Almenland Stollenkaese, Passail, Austria, for $110 per pound or a total of $4,400

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• Item 10: Bella BelGioioso — GEA purchased a combined 50 pounds of Parmesan made by Tim Dudek, CreamyGorg made by Jeff Allen, Mascarpone made by Bill Codr and Fresh Mozzarella made by Jose Mora, all of BelGioioso Cheese Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin, for $140 per pound or a total of $7,000.


•Item 11: Klondike Gold — R. Mueller purchased a combined 20 pounds of Brick made by Dave Buholzer and Odyssey Low Fat Feta made by Steve Buholzer, both of Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Wisconsin, for $500 per pound or a total of $10,000.


• Item 12: Best Blues — Novak’s Cheese purchased a combined 10 pounds of Arethusa Blue made by Arethusa Farm Dairy, Bantam, Connecticut, and Cambozola Black made by Champignon North America Inc., Käserei Champignon, Lauben, Germany, for $155 per pound or a total of $1,550.


• Item 13: Awesome Arena — Chr. Hansen purchased 6 pounds of Colby Deli Longhorn made by Team 2, Arena Cheese, Arena, Wisconsin, for $330 per pound or a total of $1,980.


• Item 14: Agropur’s Mighty Mozz — Custom Fabricating & Repair purchased 20 pounds of Whole Milk Mozzarella made by Team Lake Norden, Agropur, Lake Norden, South Dakota, for $320 per pound or a total of $6,400.


• Item 15: Mediterranean Marvels — Cherney purchased a combined 50 pounds of Trecento Italian Cheese made by Granarolo Team, Granarolo, Parma, Italy; Maxorata Majorero Paprika made by Maxorata, Grupo Ganaderos de Fuerteventura, Puerto del Rosario-Fuerteventura, Spain; and Žigljen in Wine made by Sirana Gligora Team, Sirana Gligora, Croatia, for $75 per pound or a total of $3,750.


• Item 16: Superb Saputo — ProAmpac purchased a combined 60 pounds of Hatch Pepper Cheddar made by Team Hennings, Saputo Cheese USA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Rosemary Asiago made by Team Almena, Saputo Cheese USA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Chebrie made by Woolwich Dairy’s team, Saputo Dairy Products Canada, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, for $265 per pound or a total of $15,900.


• Item 17: Vermont’s Finest — Ivarson Inc. purchased a combined 10 pounds of Harbison and Willoughby made by Jasper Hill Farm, Cellars at Jasper Hill, Greensboro, Vermont, and Coupole made by Aged Cheese Team, Vermont Creamery, Websterville, Vermont, for $200 per pound or a total of $2,000.


• Item 18: Edelweiss, Edelweiss — SupplyOne purchased 10 pounds of Havarti made by Team Edelweiss, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, Wisconsin, for $320 per pound or a total of $3,200.


• Item 19: Foremost’s Foremost — Custom Fabricating & Repair purchased 10 pounds of Aged Provolone made by Team Clayton B, Foremost Farms USA, Clayton, Wisconsin, for $410 per pound or a total of $4,100.


• Item 20: Tasty Old Croc — Wisconsin Aging and Grading Cheese purchased 4 pounds of Old Croc Roasted Garlic & Herb Pasteurized Process made by Old Croc Team, Trugman-Nash LLC, Millburn, New Jersey, and Gilman Cheese, Gilman, Wisconsin, for $290 per pound or a total of $1,160.


• Item 21: Glanbia’s Fab Five — Masters Gallery Foods purchased a combined 40 pounds of Cheddar Aged 2+ Years made by Suljo Alic, Bandaged Medium Cheddar made by Juan Hernandez, Red & Green Habanero Pepper Jack made by Kelly Hanlett, Red Habanero Jack made by Adelita Smriko and Reduced Fat Cheddar made by Day Shift 1, all of Glanbia Nutritionals, Twin Falls, Idaho, for $260 per pound or a total of $10,400.


• Item 22: Luscious Lactalis — Food Safety Net Services purchased 8 pounds of Triple Cream Brie made by Lactalis team, Lactalis, Belmont, Wisconsin, for $310 per pound or a total of $2,480.


• Item 23: Golden Maple Leaf — ProActive Solutions USA purchased a combined 50 pounds of English Hollow Cheddar and Smoked Fontina made by Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers Inc., Monroe, Wisconsin, for $225 per pound or a total of $11,250.


• Item 24: Schreiber Soars — V&V Supremo purchased 5 pounds of Hazelnut Cream Cheese Spread made by Product Lifecycle and Strategies, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay, Wisconsin, for $610 per pound or a total of $3,050.


• Item 25: Door Artisan’s Destiny — Dairy Connection purchased 22 pounds of Cave Aged English Cheddar made by Darrell Demeter, Door Artisan Cheese Co., Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, for $200 per pound or a total of $4,400.


• Item 26: Super Southwest — DSM purchased a combined 40 pounds of Pepper Jack and Habanero Colby Jack made by Team SWC, Southwest Cheese LLC, Clovis, New Mexico, for $200 per pound or a total of $8,000.


• Item 27: Prairie Farms Performs — Membrane Process & Controls purchased 5 pounds of Cream Cheese made by Luana Cream Cheese Team, Prairie Farms, Monona, Iowa, for $600 per pound or a total of $3,000.


• Item 28: Pine River Dominates — B Team purchased a combined 10 pounds of Extra Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack and Pepper Jack Cold Pack Cheese Spread made by Pine River Pre-Pack Inc., Newton, Wisconsin, for $330 per pound or a total of $3,300.


• Item 29: Specialty Cheese Spectacular — SupplyOne purchased 40 pounds of Paneer Cheese made by Production Team, Specialty Cheese Co. Inc., Reeseville, Wisconsin, for $90 per pound or a total of $3,600.


• Item 30: V&V Victorious — Masters Gallery Foods purchased a 6-pound Oaxaca Cheese Ball made by Dan Reed, V&V Supremo Foods/Chula Vista Cheese, Browntown, Wisconsin, for $675 per pound or a total of $4,050.


• Item 31: Switzerland’s Peaks — GEA purchased a combined 200 pounds of Fromage de Chévre made by Rudolf Dummermuth and Serge Kursner, Fromagerie Gimel, Gimel, Switzerland; Le Maréchal made by Fromagerie Le Maréchal, Granges-Marnand, Switzerland; La Fleur des Alpes made by Fromagerie Moléson SA, Orsonnens, Switzerland; Mont Vully Bio (Second Runner Up) made by Ewald Schafer, Fromagerie Schafer, Cressier, Switzerland; Gruyère AOP made by Erich Hunkeler, Laiterie-Fromagerie Hunkeler, Sommentier, Switzerland; Bondensee Switzerland Swiss made by Thomas Neuenschwander, Käserei Neuenschwander, Güttingen, Switzerland; Bio Vallee Brebidoux made by Yan Sutterlin, La Fromathèque, Martigny-Croix, Switzerland; Appenzeller Käse made by Elmar Stadelmann, SO Appenzeller Käse, Appenzell, Switzerland; and Emmentaler AOP Switzerland made by Fritz Baumgartner, Gourmino/Mountain Dairy Mühlekehr, Bellmund, Switzerland, for $35 per pound or a total of $7,000.


• Item 32: Valley View’s Pride — Food Safety Net Services purchased 12 pounds of Butterkase made by Alpine Cheese Team, Alpine Cheese/Valley View, South Wayne, Wisconsin, for $155 per pound or a total of $1,860.


• Item 33: Parmalat Wins A Lot — GEA purchased 40 pounds of Balderson Cheddar, 1 year, made by Balderson Cheddar Team, Parmalat, Winchester, Ontario, Canada, for $85 per pound or a total of $3,400.


• Item 34: Emmi Roth Emminence — Kelley Supply purchased 9 pounds of Roth Chipotle Havarti Loaf made by Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Wisconsin, for $750 per pound or a total of $6,750.


• Item 35: Springside’s Star — Cherney purchased 22 pounds of Aged Cheddar made by Wayne Hintz, Springside Cheese Corp., Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, for $100 per pound or a total of $2,200.


• Item 36: Sartori Splendor — Chr. Hansen purchased a combined 40 pounds of Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano made by Mike Matucheski and Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend made by Mike Matucheski and Erin Radtke, Sartori Co., Antigo, Wisconsin, for $110 per pound or a total of $4,400.


• Item 37: Shining Schuman — Kelley Supply purchased a 20-pound Cello Hand Crafted Asiago Wheel made by Lake Country Dairy Team, Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, New Jersey, for $280 per pound or a total of $5,600.


• Item 38: Cabot, Nab It! — Complete Filtration purchased a combined 40 pounds of Mild Cheddar made by Team Middlebury, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Middlebury, Vermont, and Medium Cheddar and Monterey Jack made by Team Cabot, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, Vermont, for $140 per pound or a total of $5,600.


• Item 39: LaClare Goats for the Gold — Dairy Products Marketing purchased 20 pounds of Cave Aged Chandoka made by David Rogers and Team LaClare, LaClare Family Creamery, Malone, Wisconsin, for $145 per pound or a total of $2,900.


• Item 40: Marieke’s So Gouda — ProActive Solutions USA purchased 20 pounds of Onion Garlic Gouda made by Marieke Gouda Team, Marieke Gouda, Thorp, Wisconsin, for $155 per pound or a total of $3,100.


• Item 41: Empire’s On Fire — Cargill Salt purchased 12 pounds of Mild Provolone made by Team Three, Empire Cheese Inc., Cuba, New York, for $300 per pound or a total of $3,600.


• Item 42: World Champion — Membrane Process & Controls purchased a combined 10 pounds of Etorki Reserve made by Group Savencia Cheese, Viroflay, France, and Esquirrou (World Champion) made by Michel Touyarou, Mauleon Fromagerie/Group Savencia Cheese, Viroflay France, for $400 per pound or a total of $4,000.

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Trump downplays interest in joining TPP agreement

April 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — After talk of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) last week, President Trump this week downplayed the idea, saying he would prefer bilateral agreements between the United States and TPP nations.


Last week it was widely reported that the president had ordered officials to look into rejoining the TPP if a better deal could be negotiated for the United States. Late last Thursday, Trump tweeted: “Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama. We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations in TPP, and are working to make a deal with the biggest of those nations, Japan, who has hit us hard on trade for years!”


However, on Tuesday Trump tweeted: “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers. Look how bad WTO is to U.S.”


Trump pulled the United States out of the TPP shortly after he took office last year, and the remaining countries — Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam — in March signed the agreement, which was renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). South Korea was never part of either agreement, though at one time it had considered joining the TPP.


Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo, speaking with reporters last Friday, said Australia would welcome the United States coming back for discussions, but that a renegotiation would be unlikely.
“I don’t detect any wholesale appetite for there to be material reform or renegotiation around the TPP-11,” Ciobo says in a transcript released by his office. “We’ve got a deal, it’s a good deal. Eleven countries have signed up, we’re firm on the deal, we’re all working to put the deal into effect. I can’t see that all being thrown open now to appease the United States, but we would welcome the United States coming back to the table and we can have discussions.”


Ciobo adds that at this stage, the agreement is expected to go into effect at the beginning of next year.


This was not the first time since withdrawing from the agreement that Trump signaled interest in rejoining the TPP. Earlier this year, the president also said in an interview with CNBC that he would reconsider the TPP if the United States got a “substantially better deal.” Several Republican lawmakers as well as industry organizations voiced support for re-engaging in the agreement. (See “Stakeholders weigh in amid talks of re-engaging in TPP” in the Feb. 23, 2018, issue of Cheese Market News.)


Earlier this week, Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a summit meeting at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where in a joint press conference Trump reiterated that he was only interested in rejoining the TPP if it offered a better deal for the United States.


“The media has not covered the TPP correctly. I don’t want to go back into TPP, but if they offered us a deal that I can’t refuse, on behalf of the United States, I would do it,” Trump says. “I much would prefer a bilateral deal, a deal directly with Japan.”


Meanwhile, Abe says Japan would prefer both countries be part of the TPP.


“So on the U.S. side, that they are interested in a bilateral deal, we are aware of that,” Abe says (as interpreted in the transcript). “But at any rate, our country’s position is that TPP is the best for both of the countries. And based on that position, we shall be dealing with the talks.”


A statement from the White House on the U.S.-Japan meeting says the two leaders agreed to intensify trade and investment discussions, committed to advance discussions on how both countries can serve as a model for bilateral and global trade and investment promotion, and committed to coordinate enforcement activities against unfair trade practices by third countries.

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Cedar Grove does ‘the right things’ while making award-winning cheese

By Kate Sander

PLAIN, Wis. — A lot of great things are happening at Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, Wisconsin, and its sister company Clock Shadow Creamery in Milwaukee. In fact, so many great things are happening that it’s important to owner Bob Wills that one key fact doesn’t get lost in the shuffle: His companies make really good cheese.

Besides making a variety of cheeses from cow, goat and sheep’s milks — cheeses that are critically acclaimed throughout the industry — Wills and his staff are involved in endeavors ranging from leading environmental efforts, to promoting food safety, to pioneering urban cheesemaking, to partnering with up and coming cheesemakers.

“We’ve done a lot of things in terms of industry commitment and involvement — maybe an abnormally large amount of that stuff,” Wills says. “Sometimes I think it’s almost a distraction. People will talk about our environmental contributions and other efforts. It’s an interesting conundrum. We believe these activities are important, but they distract people from noticing we win a lot of awards, and we make really awesome cheese.”

Cedar Grove is nearing completion of GMO-free certification, and this, combined with SQF certification, continue to provide consumers and corporate customers documented assurances for activities and choices that they support, Wills says.

Cedar Grove Cheese has been actively involved in food safety efforts for the dairy industry, with Wills chairing the American Cheese Education Foundation and serving on Dairy Management Inc.’s Artisan Advisory Committee, Wisconsin Association for Food Protection, FAB Safe and Wisconsin Cheese Maker’s Policy Committee.

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CME cheese supported by domestic demand, exports

April 13, 2018

By Alyssa Mitchell

MADISON, Wis. — Cheddar prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) — particularly for blocks — have been inching higher this month, buoyed by domestic demand and positive export numbers, analysts say.

Cheddar barrels ended March at $1.4400 per pound and have inched higher overall so far this month to settle at $1.4600 per pound this week. Cheddar blocks, meanwhile, have increased from the mid-$1.50s at the end of March up into the lower- to mid-$1.60s over the past week, settling at $1.6050 today.

“Cheese demand reports are generally positive from Midwestern producers this week, seemingly unchanged from a week ago,” says USDA’s Dairy Market News.

“Some questions arise with contacts regarding the relatively sizeable CME block-to-barrel price gap, but generally Central cheese contacts view the markets with a bullish eye,” Dairy Market News adds.

“A combination of stronger year-over-year exports together with a general absence of cheese sellers has allowed prices to continue a path higher,” says Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group, Platteville, Wisconsin.

Dave Kurzawski, senior broker with FCStone, Chicago, says the Cheddar block market is better supported than many people thought for this time of year due primarily to strong domestic demand.

He adds he expects the Cheddar block price for April to average somewhere around $1.60 per pound.

North says while prices are showing strength, the trade appears to have moved toward a tipping point where some softening through the balance of April may be warranted.

Sara Dorland, managing partner with Ceres Dairy Risk Management LLC, Seattle, agrees.

“Prices are trending higher, but we have not yet departed from the past pattern of moving higher, reaching a level that attracts more selling activity and markets settling down before starting to cycle over again,” she says. “It seems we may be testing new highs this time around. All of that said, at the end of April, we could see CME averages modestly higher than March. While the markets vary quite a bit week-to-week, the averages have been slowly increasing.”

Dairy Market News notes as some cheesemakers have turned up production over the past few weeks, they report fortifying with nonfat dry milk (NDM) in order to alleviate fairly heavy NDM stocks.

USDA earlier this month announced a downward revision to January 2018 NDM stocks from 340.2 million pounds to 307.0 million pounds, a reduction of 33.2 million pounds or 9.8 percent.

Dorland says the revision is significant, noting that at the time USDA released the original higher numbers, that level of stocks weighed heavily on the market.

“There is a burden on the USDA to provide reports at a set interval for the industry — whether the reporters provide the data in a timely manner or not. Therefore, the data is only as good as the timely and accurate data provided by the manufacturers,” she says. “Absent that information, the data will be prone to revision as it will be based on estimates — and it appears lately those estimates may need more evaluation.”

Robert Wellington, senior vice president of economics, communications and legislative affairs for Agri-Mark Inc., Andover, Massachusetts, says this type of discrepancy has happened before and likely will happen again.

“However, this occurring in the middle of other positive price and market uncertainties has further strengthened leanings to a bull market perception,” Wellington says. “It’s great to see dry product prices finally improving.”

CME NDM has been pushing higher since mid-March, settling at $0.7325 per pound today.

Dairy Market News says NDM spot market activity picked up a little after some quiet trading weeks.

“Inventories and production are undoubtedly up, as condensed skim is accessible from coast to coast,” Dairy Market News says. “That said, producers suggest spot buyers are still fairly active and willing to pay $0.70-plus for NDM.”

Meanwhile, CME butter continues to lead the charge of dairy price strength, settling at $2.2875 per pound today after jumping 9.5 cents April 4 from $2.2400 to $2.3350.

“The move was significant,” North says. “By rising above $2.25 per pound, we have broken out of the box so to speak that has largely contained the top side of butter trade dating back to October. If prices hold, this will signal the development of an upward trend in prices and cause buyers to re-evaluate their position.”

Kurzawski says when butter can rally into the $2.30s in April, following Easter and during the spring flush, “You know that butter demand is good, and probably better than expected.”

Wellington says with world prices up and domestic butter sales strong, he was not surprised by the move above $2.20 per pound, but he says prices above $2.30-$2.40 likely are not sustainable unless butter and butterfat exports continue to increase.
From a more macro viewpoint, agricultural stakeholders have been anxiously keeping tabs on escalating tariff disputes between the United States and China (see article in last week’s issue), but dairy thus far has largely stayed above the fray.

“The blustery back and forth between the U.S. and China on trade seems to have calmed a bit with the lion’s share of the dispute better characterized as a ‘display of weaponry’ as opposed to an official ‘declaration of war,’” Kurzawski says. “Not only has dairy been left off the table, so far this year data around U.S. exports to China —particularly in the form of whey protein — has been strong. That will likely cool off some for whey in the second quarter, but so far I see no indication that dairy is or will be implicated by the tariff talks.”

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WMMB unveils new name, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

April 13, 2018

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has a new name — Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW). This initiative represents a new strategic mission, vision and identity more firmly aligning the efforts of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers to expand growth opportunities domestically and around the world, the organization says.

“As the marketing and promotion arm for Wisconsin’s dairy farmers, this new identity puts the dairy farmers squarely at the center of what we do and provides a much stronger platform to share the Wisconsin dairy story,” says Chad Vincent, CEO, DFW. “Our organization exists to be tireless advocates for our dairy farmers, to help these family businesses thrive because they, and the fruits of their labor, are the heartbeat of the industry and our state.”

Jeff Strassburg, chair of DFW’s board of directors and a fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer notes the dairy industry is facing several challenges, including globalization of markets, increased regulation and ongoing low prices for milk.

“This change will put Wisconsin dairy farmers in a better position to help us grow and stay focused on the future,” Strassburg says.

DFW builds awareness of Wisconsin-produced dairy products by creating national publicity, managing digital advertising, and driving sales, distribution and trial through retail and foodservice promotions. It also supports in-school education about the benefits of dairy and funding for the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research.

As a key economic engine of the state, the dairy industry contributes $43.4 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy, generates tens of thousands of jobs and supports a variety of allied industries — as well as communities — throughout the state, DFW says. The organization notes 90 percent of the milk in Wisconsin goes into making cheese, and 90 percent of that cheese is sold outside state lines, generating statewide income across multiple economic sectors.

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House Ag Committee chair introduces 2018 Farm Bill

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, on Thursday introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 — the 2018 Farm Bill — legislation to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making investments in opportunities for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“Rural America is hurting. Over the last five years, net farm income has been cut in half. Natural disasters and global markets distorted by predatory trade practices of foreign countries, including high and rising foreign subsidies, tariffs and non-tariff barriers, have resulted in huge production losses and chronically depressed prices that are today jeopardizing the future of America’s farm and ranch families,” Conaway says. “The farm bill keeps faith with our nation’s farmers and ranchers through the current agriculture recession by providing certainty and helping producers manage the enormous risks that are inherent in agriculture. Under the farm bill, consumers will continue to enjoy the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world, and taxpayers will reap the more than $112 billion in budget savings projected under the current law.”

The Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 works to address the 5-year, 52-percent decline in the farm economy by providing certainty that an extension of current policy cannot provide, Conaway says. The bill reauthorizes and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options through 2023. Producers are given an opportunity to make a new election between ARC and PLC with several improvements, including allowing a new yield update opportunity for producers who were facing severe drought during the previous yield update, allowing reference prices to adjust to improved market conditions.

Conaway notes that SNAP, which is reauthorized under the farm bill, is essential to helping many Americans feed themselves and their families.

“The farm bill also keeps faith with these families by not only maintaining SNAP benefits but by offering SNAP beneficiaries a springboard out of poverty to a good paying job, and opportunity for a better way of life for themselves and their families,” he says.

More than 35 improvements are made to SNAP, most notably, existing work requirements are strengthened, streamlined and paired with a variety of options to increase opportunities for SNAP recipients, including participating in a fully-funded, guaranteed Employment & Training slot, Conaway says. Individuals may choose not to participate, but they no longer will be eligible for SNAP.

Conaway notes that given escalating use of illegal trade actions by foreign countries, the farm bill also stands by the nation’s farmers and ranchers, providing a strengthened safety net and authorizing and restoring funding for vital tools for trade promotion and market development.

The bill also maintains long-standing legal authority for the secretary to provide assistance to farmers and ranchers affected by unfair foreign trading practices.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) notes Congress made important improvements to the dairy safety net earlier this year, but NMPF says there is more that must be done in the upcoming farm bill.

“That need is particularly urgent given the ongoing economic distress facing America’s dairy farmers,” says Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, NMPF.

“As the House developed its farm bill, we have worked closely with the leaders of the agriculture committee, including Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Vice Chairman Glenn Thompson and others to make further improvements to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and enhance farmers’ ability to use the Livestock Gross Margin program and other risk management tools,” Mulhern says.

He notes that the bill introduced Thursday includes several changes NMPF has advocated for, particularly in improving MPP coverage levels and providing greater coverage flexibility for dairy producers. It also includes important language on price risk management, which NMPF has worked on closely alongside the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

“As the farm bill moves forward, we will continue to work with our allies in Congress on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to further strengthen the dairy safety net for producers of all sizes,” Mulhern says.

Michael Dykes, president and CEO, IDFA, reiterated that IDFA worked closely with colleagues at NMPF to unite behind shared solutions for dairy that are reflected in the bill.

“We’re hopeful that our collaborative efforts will help to smooth the passage of a farm bill that includes provisions designed to enhance risk management options for dairy processors and producers and establish a retailer incentive program in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that includes fluid milk,” Dykes says.

Conaway says he hopes to quickly move the farm bill through the House and work with the Senate to deliver a bill to the president’s desk that is on time. The current farm bill expires at the end of September.

A full House Ag Committee meeting on the farm bill is set for next Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.
For more information, visit https://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill.

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USDA forecasts steady production but lower prices

April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — Most price forecasts were slightly lowered, but otherwise there were few changes for dairy in USDA’s “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” report released this week.

USDA is maintaining is 2018 milk production forecast at 219.0 billion pounds, up from 215.5 billion pounds of milk in 2017.
The 2018 import forecast is reduced slightly on a fat-basis to 5.6 billion pounds (down from 5.7 billion pounds), but is unchanged at 5.9 billion pounds on a skim-solids basis.

The 2018 export forecast on a fat-basis is unchanged from last month’s 9.6 billion pounds, although skim-solids-basis exports are increased from 42.8 billion pounds in last month’s report to 43.4 billion pounds in the current report due to stronger sales of nonfat dry milk (NDM), skim milk powder and lactose.

The annual product price forecast for cheese is unchanged at the midpoint, though the range is narrowed to $1.550-$1.600 per pound.

The butter price forecast is reduced slightly from $2.210-$2.300 per pound last month to $2.210-$2.290 this month. The NDM forecast also is lowered from $0.700-$0.750 last month to $0.700-$0.740 this month.

USDA’s annual whey price forecast is lowered on larger supplies and weaker demand, down from $0.265-$0.295 in last month’s report to $0.240-$0.270 in the current report.

The Class III price forecast for 2018 is in the range of $14.20-$14.70 per hundredweight, down from $14.30-$14.90 last month. The Class IV price forecast is $13.25-$13.85, down from $13.25-$13.95 last month. USDA forecasts the 2018 all-milk price will average in the $15.60-$16.10 range, down from its forecast of $15.75-$16.35 last month.

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Enrollment in revamped MPP open April 9 to June 1, 2018

April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the enrollment period to run from April 9 to June 1, 2018.

“We recognize the financial hardships many of our nation’s dairy producers are experiencing right now. Folks are losing their contracts, and they are getting anxious about getting their bills paid while they watch their milk check come in lower and lower each month. The Bipartisan Budget Act (passed in February) provided some much-needed incentives for dairy producers to make cost-effective decisions to strengthen their farms, mitigate risk and conserve their natural resources,” Perdue says. “We encourage dairy producers to review the provisions of the updated program, which Congress shaped with their feedback. Those changes are now in effect, and I’d ask any producers who are interested to contact their local USDA service centers.”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, says he is pleased that Perdue acted quickly to implement changes to MPP so that dairy farmers may evaluate and enroll in the improved program.

The program protects dairy producers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount elected by the producer.

Changes include to MPP include:

• Calculation of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly.

• Covered production is increased from 4 million pounds to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.

• An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.

Dairy operations must make a new coverage election for 2018, even if they enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. All dairy operations desiring coverage must sign up during the enrollment period and submit the appropriate form (CCC-782). Dairy operations may still “opt out” by not submitting a form. All outstanding balances for 2017 and prior years must be paid in full before 2018 coverage is approved.

Dairy producers can participate in FSA’s MPP or the Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Plan for Dairy (LGM-Dairy), but not both. During the 2018 enrollment period, only producers with an active LGM-Dairy policy who have targeted marketings insured in 2018 months will be allowed to enroll in MPP by June 1, 2018; however, their coverage will start only after active target marketings conclude under LGM-Dairy, USDA says.

USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under MPP that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, which will be updated and available by April 9 at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers also can review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.

USDA is mailing postcards advising dairy producers of the changes. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) this week expressed thanks to Perdue for USDA’s prompt implementation of MPP changes and urged dairy producers to review the new coverage options available under the improved program.

“We appreciate the steps taken by USDA to implement the new MPP provisions. It is important to provide information on the changes to dairy farmers so they can make informed decisions about enrollment in the program for this year, and we look forward to assisting the department in this effort,” says NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern.

“NMPF worked with Congress during the past year to improve the dairy safety net to make it more effective for all farmers,” Mulhern adds. “While the previous structure of the program offered an inadequate safety net, the changes made this year greatly enhance the value of the program to farmers, and we really want them to consider how to use this program in 2018. With these changes in place, we will continue to work with USDA and Congress to further strengthen the program in the 2018 Farm Bill.”

The International Dairy Foods Association also has expressed strong support for the MPP program changes, including a separate provision that would eliminate the funding cap for USDA underwriting costs associated with livestock insurance products.

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Tariff dispute between China, U.S. escalates; report released

April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON — In the latest of a series of tariff threats between the United States and China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced plans to impose a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods, including soybeans, corn, beef and other agricultural products.

China’s announcement did not include a comment period and does not indicate a date of implementation, according to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

While dairy products were not included in the list, agricultural stakeholders are expressing concern about the tariffs. In response, President Trump late this week threatened additional tariffs on Chinese imports.

National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the Trump administration to work with Congress to develop a farm bill that protects family farmers from harm as a result of retaliatory tariffs.

“These tit-for-tat tariff threats were expected from the moment the administration first engaged China,” says NFU President Roger Johnson. “The president and his administration continue to claim there won’t be a ‘trade war’ and that agriculture won’t feel the brunt of retaliation, but the daily news announcements indicate otherwise.” (For more on this issue, see “Trump requests extension of Trade Promotion Authority; Industry reacts to administration’s recent announcements on tariffs” in last week’s issue of Cheese Market News.)

“As trade tensions escalate, NFU is increasingly concerned that there is not a plan in place to protect our family farmers and ranchers who are always the first to bear the brunt of retaliatory tariffs,” Johnson adds. “Farmers are dealing with severely depressed farm prices and a 12-year low in farm income, and a trade war will undoubtedly make these conditions worse.”

NFU is urging President Trump and the administration to immediately engage with the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to develop a farm bill that will protect farmers and ranchers from the collateral damage they are seeing as a result of these actions.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also expressed concern over the Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods.

“Growing trade disputes have placed farmers and ranchers in a precarious position,” Duvall says. “We urge the United States and China to return to negotiations and produce an agreement that serves the interests of the world’s two largest economies.”

• 2018 National Trade Estimate

Meanwhile, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week issued its annual National Trade Estimate report, outlining many tariff and non-tariff barriers, including protective measures and technical obstacles to trade that U.S. companies, including dairy, face around the world.

In October, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) submitted comments to USTR highlighting difficulties related to trade that the U.S. dairy industry faces specifically in Canada, the European Union (EU), India, Indonesia and Russia. Several of these issues were captured in the report, IDFA says.

Canada was featured prominently in the report. Canadian issues burdening U.S. dairy trade include:

• Restrictive regulations on compositional standards for cheese that discriminate against U.S. dry milk protein concentrate;

• Canada’s supply management system that subjects cheese and butter to tariffs of 245 percent and 298 percent, respectively, for over-the-quota products; and

• Producer marketing boards that regulate price and supply.

Canada’s expansions to the Special Milk Class Permit Program, which IDFA says unfairly incentivizes the purchasing of domestic ingredients over imports, also were mentioned.

In addition, USTR included Canada’s new front of package labeling in the report, which would apply to packaged foods considered high in sodium, sugars and saturated fat. Canada proposed these labeling regulations Feb. 20.

The report also noted the EU’s consistent attempts to expand protection guaranteed for geographical indications to common food names. It also identified several members of the EU that are in “the process of developing and implementing a variety of country of origin labeling schemes that would require an indication of the origin of milk products as well as the origin of milk, meat and wheat used as ingredients in certain processed foods.”

Other barriers faced by U.S. dairy companies also were included in the report, such as rules in India that require dairy products to be derived from animals fed a specific diet, as well as rules in Indonesia that require local milk processors to invest in and promote the local dairy sector. USTR also highlighted that Russia has “effectively banned the importation of U.S. dairy products” since 2010.

To download the report, visit www.ustr.gov.

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U.S. cheese production up 4 percent over year earlier

April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON — Total U.S. cheese production in February was 981.6 million pounds, 4.2 percent above February 2017 but 10.5 percent below January 2018, according to data released this week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). (All figures are rounded. Please see CMN’s Dairy Production chart on page 11.)

When adjusted for the length of the months, February cheese production was down 0.9 percent from January on an average daily basis.

Production of Mozzarella, the nation’s most-produced cheese, totaled 325.9 million pounds in February, 3.5 percent more than a year earlier. Production of Italian-type cheese, of which Mozzarella is the largest component, totaled 423.9 million pounds, 4.3 percent above February 2017.

Production of Cheddar totaled 291.8 million pounds in February, up 5.7 percent from a year earlier. Production of American-type cheese, of which Cheddar is the largest component, totaled 396.6 million pounds, 6.1 percent above February 2017.

Wisconsin, the nation’s leading cheese-producing state, produced 262.9 million pounds of cheese in February, up 3.5 percent from its production a year earlier. California followed with 198.8 million pounds, up 3.5 percent from its production a year earlier.

Total U.S. butter production was 168.6 million pounds in February, 4.7 percent above February 2017 but 7.4 percent below January 2018, according to NASS. When adjusted for the length of the months, February butter production was up 2.5 percent from January on an average daily basis.
California led the nation’s butter production with 51.8 million pounds in February, up 6.5 percent from its production a year earlier.

Total U.S. nonfat dry milk (NDM) production suitable for human consumption totaled 158.5 million pounds in February, up 12.1 percent from February 2017 but down 1.1 percent from January. When adjusted for the length of the months, February NDM production was up 9.5 percent from January on an average daily basis.

California led NDM production with 54.6 million pounds in February, up 10.9 percent from its production a year earlier.

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Sargento Foods to expand facility in Kiel, Wisconsin

April 6, 2018

KIEL, Wis. — Less than two years after a major addition and renovation, Sargento Foods Inc. this week announced an expansion of its Kiel, Wisconsin, facility. The construction project will add 41,500 square feet of production and warehousing space to the existing facility.

In addition to the new space, 7,000 square feet will be remodeled. Construction will begin this month and is anticipated to wrap up by the end of 2018, the company says.

“We are proud to once again be growing in Kiel. This project will support our commitment to producing safe, quality and legal products for our customers and consumers,” says Louie Gentine, CEO and third generation owner of Sargento. “We keep every family in mind when making our products, including every member of the Sargento family, our employees.”

Sargento has incrementally added staff to the Kiel facility to begin training for increased production and likely will add 25-40 employees as the construction proceeds, the company says.

In addition to Kiel, Sargento Foods operates facilities in three other Wisconsin communities: Plymouth, Hilbert and Elkhart Lake.

C.D. Smith Construction, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has been selected as the general contractor for the project.

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April 20, 2018


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Cheese Production
U.S. Total Feb.
981.6 mil. lbs.


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U.S. Total Feb.
17.000 bil. lbs.

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