Dairyfood USA and Gilman Cheese Corp., two Wisconsin-based cheese processors, have announced plans to merge.
Following the retirement of Dairyfood president and CEO Daniel Culligan, the two companies will integrate under the guidance of Gilman president David Delgado. Dairyfood USA and Gilman currently employ 149 and 184 employees, respectively. Each company will retain its name.
Dairyfood USA processes extended shelf-life cheese products such as smoked links and loaves, snack wedges, portion-control cups, dips and spreads, cut bars, and non-dairy products. It claims to be the largest U.S. supplier of smoked Gouda. Gilman manufactures processed cheeses for grocery and ingredients, as well as schools, gift packs, institutions and retail.
"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,” Delgado said in a statement. “There are also significant opportunities for innovation as worldwide demand for processed cheese continues to grow.”