Landmark Creamery found itself in a situation that is the stuff of cheesemakers’ nightmares. The company lost 1,000 pounds of hand-crafted cheese worth over $20,000 after its cold-storage facility threw it all away, according to Madison Magazine. Truly, this was a tragic loss for the company, and just another page in the book of food waste.
Landmark Creamery fell behind on payments to its cold-storage facility in Monticello—about $1,000 behind. According to the news source, the creamery made a payment on the balance, along with a promise to pay back the company as soon as possible. Yet the facility reportedly declared the space abandoned and threw away every bit of cheese.
For an artisan creamery, this sort of loss can be devastating enough to put a company out of business, and since each of Landmark Creamery’s cheeses require six months to finish, it is hard to replenish supplies quickly.
All hope is not lost, however, as a recent Facebook post from the Culinary Ladies Collective—a network of female chefs, cooks, and food and beverage producers—announced the launch of a GoFundMe page to help Landmark Creamery recover.
"A loss of this size for a small company threatens their very existence. Landmark was counting on this inventory to sell over the next 6 months to fund operations," the post says. "Without it, they are uncertain they can survive. It is not a loss that insurance will cover."
The collective is looking to raise $25,000 to help Landmark Creamery keep its business afloat while the cheesemaker develops and ages new cheeses to replace the lost inventory.
To contribute to Landmark Creamery’s recovery efforts, visit the GoFundMe page.
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