One characteristic about this industry that I've gleaned from writing about cheesemakers and producers is our resiliency. No matter the circumstances, the individuals that make up the cheese category can overcome any challenge. For Pine River Pre-Pack, a local cheese factory in Newton, Wisconsin, it continues to focus on what is most important during these difficult times: giving back to the community, keeping its top-notch team safe, and striving for the highest possible standard in food safety and quality.
“We are fortunate to live and operate our business in a wonderful community and we want to make sure we are giving back and addressing the growing issue of hunger during these challenging times,” said Mary Lindemann, Marketing Director.
General Manager, Ian Behm, added, “We have a hardworking team, and keeping them safe and our product safe are our top priorities. Our facility has been Safe Quality Food (SQF)-certified since 2014, which means we were already following required food safety regulations. To address COVID-19 concerns, we implemented the use of separate entryways and staggered staff hours to ensure proper distancing and to keep everyone healthy.”
According to a press release, Pine River has donated more than 12,000 pounds of product to local food pantries over the last four months. It has worked with the USDA to provide 23,000 pounds of product through the Farmers to Family Food Boxes program.
Most recently, the team has taken some time for itself, celebrating its five 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest wins. They even posed for a picture to showcase the two Best-in-Class honors: Jalapeño and Pepper Jack.
“We have to credit our outstanding team for these wins,” said Phil Lindemann, CEO. “Their dedication to making the best product and using the best Wisconsin dairy ingredients is what we believe sets our product apart from the competition.”
Keep reading Deli Market News as we continue to traverse a cheesy path.