Want cheese with that? That's Schreiber Foods. The company is a major supplier of cheese used in hamburgers and other dishes served by US fastfood chains and restaurants, schools and universities, hospitals, and other foodservice operators. Schreiber produces some 575 private-label processed and natural cheeses, as well as dairy ingredients, for grocers, club stores, and wholesalers and food manufacturers. It offers a few of its own brands for retail sale, including American Heritage and Cooper. The company has expanded its presence to more than 20 countries by acquiring or forming joint ventures with smaller cheese makers. Schreiber Foods is arguably the largest employee-owned dairy company in the world.
Schreiber Foods' operations consist of cheese production facilities in locations across the US. Overseas plants dot Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and Uruguay. The company has pursued joint ventures as a way to win new business and add local capacity. Among them, Schreiber Foods has 51% stake in a joint venture with Austrian cheese maker Rupp. Known as Schreiber & Rupp, the JV caters to the Continental market for private-label cheese and food manufacturing.
In addition to cheese and dairy ingredients, Schreiber Foods offers customer support services, such as category management, risk management, redistribution, vendor managed inventory (VMI), packaging and design, and supply chain management. Green Bay Machinery, a subsidiary, manufactures extruders and other equipment for processing cheese. Schreiber Foods' Capri Packaging division produces flexible film and other packaging products.
While privately owned Schreiber Foods doesn't report its financial results, the dairy giant claims to ring up more than $4.5 billion annually. It intends to grow through acquisitions that take advantage of Americans' appetite for healthier options. To that end, Schreiber Foods acquired the customer-brand yogurt business of Dean Foods in early 2011. The purchase, which included production plants in California, New York, and Wisconsin, deepens its relationship with customers, including Subway, Safeway, Weight Watchers, and Wal-Mart. – less