Say cheese, and Saputo Cheese USA smiles wide. The company produces and distributes an array of cheeses to the retail, as well as industrial, and foodservice markets. Saputo's fresh and aged Italian-style cheeses are sold under brand names including Gardenia, Stella, and Dragone. Its Frigo line is the #1 US brand of string and stick cheese; with Cheese Head mascots, Frigo was designed to be kid friendly, but adults like it too. The company's deli cheeses are sold under the Lorraine label, and blue, feta, gorgonzola, and parmesan varieties, under Treasure Cave. Saputo also makes and sells whey protein concentrate to manufacturers of food products. The company is a subsidiary of Canadian dairy processor Saputo.
Saputo USA operates more than a dozen plants nationwide and accounts for about a third of its parent's total sales. In fiscal 2011 its parent expanded US operations for manufacturing string cheese and its drying facilities for processing whey, as well as invested in a California plant, enabling direct service to West Coast customers.
As significant, Saputo took over Fairmount Cheese Holdings, which owns DCI Cheese Company, for $270 million. DCI Cheese brands include County Line. The deal further diversifies Saputo's product portfolio of specialty cheese marketed to retail stores. In 2008, the Canadian parent acquired Italian- and American-style cheese maker Alto Dairy Cooperative. It paid $160 million in cash for the Wisconsin-based co-op, which was also integrated into Saputo USA's operations. – less