Wisconsin-based cheesemakers Dairyfood USA and Gilman Cheese Corporation have announced the two companies will merge, creating an entity offering an expanded product mix that is sold around the world.
Following the planned retirement of Dairyfood USA president and CEO Daniel Culligan, Gilman president David Delgado will oversee integration of the combined organization alongside Dairyfood USA and Gilman management teams. Dairyfood USA andGilman currently employ 149 and 207 employees respectively. Each company will retain its name.
"We are excited to partner with another Wisconsin cheese processor and provide additional products to customers including the naturally smoked cheeses Dairyfood USA is known for,” said Delgado. “There are also significant opportunities for innovation as worldwide demand for processed cheese continues to grow.”
Dairyfood USA operates out of a facility in Blue Mounds, located 25 miles west of Madison. Gilman Cheese Corporation is located about 190 miles northeast in the Village of Gilman.
“The future is extremely bright for Dairyfood USA and Gilman Cheese,” said Culligan. “Together, the people, products and legacy of each company will make the Wisconsin cheese industry stronger and more competitive while providing our customers with additional opportunities.”