LaClare Family Creamery completed a $10 million expansion at its Malone, Wis., headquarters manufacturing facility.
The 28,000-square-foot expansion essentially doubles its operational footprint and will bolster capacity of producing Chevre cheese.
“The growing desire for dairy goat products in the U.S. combined with the ability of this particular region to meet that demand makes us uniquely positioned to satisfy consumers,” says Bill Ritcey, vice president of sales.
The project includes investments in French cheese presses, packaging equipment, specialized air handling equipment and other technology “to create the perfect Chevre-making environment,” says Adam Schrot, plant manager.
In addition, the expansion increases LaClare’s cold storage and maintenance capacities, and allows LaClare to produce Chevre in various sizes for both the retail and foodservice markets.
“It will also allow us to be even more innovative in developing and introducing sophisticated flavors today’s consumers are looking for,” says Jennifer Kutz, head cheesemaker.