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“From simple cheese manufacturer to global enterprise”

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Schreiber Foods has grown from a single production facility in Green Bay, Wis., to a $5 billion global enterprise and the world’s largest employee owned dairy company.

We're successful because we live our values of ownership, caring, partnership, continuous improvement and commitment to our customers each and every day.

People are the key

It's never been just about the money. Our founders believed we'd prosper if we put people first. When they started the company, they said our best chance to be successful was to hire the best people, train them well and treat them fairly. It's a philosophy we still live by today. We're about building meaningful relationships with each other, with our customers and with our communities.

history

Key dates in our history:

1945
Company founded.
1962
L.D. Schreiber Cheese Co. incorporates with the purchase of company stock by 13 employees.
1967
The company begins production of individually wrapped singles.
1968
For the first time, the company offers employees other than the original 13 owners the opportunity to purchase company stock.
1973
Our in-house design center is created, offering design solutions for customer labels and packaging.
1980
L.D. Schreiber Cheese Co. becomes Schreiber Foods.
1988
Schreiber sets the standard by changing its service goals to “exact shipment” from “plus or minus 10 percent,” which was typical of the industry.
1993
Annual sales surpass $1 billion.
1999
The Logan plant sets a new industry safety record.

The company creates its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
2001
Annual sales surpass $2 billion.
2002
Enters the cream cheese market with the acquisition of the largest customer brand cream cheese maker.
2005
Enters the yogurt market, further diversifying its dairy product selection.

Enters production of string cheese.

Achieves goal of strategically locating distribution centers within one day of all continental U.S. customers.
2008
Annual sales surpass $4 billion.
2010
Expands European presence with a joint venture in Austria.
2011
Acquires customer-brand yogurt business from Dean Foods.
2014
Enters the European yogurt market with plants in Sophia, Bulgaria; Benešov, Czech Republic; Castelo Branco, Portugal and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
2015
Adds to its European yogurt capabilities with the purchase of plants in Zvolen, Slovakia and Noblejas and Talavera, Spain, making it one of the world's largest yogurt producers.

16 ounces to
the pound

We started our business in 1945, when L.D. Schreiber, in partnership with Merlin G. Bush and Daniel David Nusbaum organized the L.D. Schreiber Cheese Company in Green Bay, Wis.

Our company was formed around a single pledge: a pound of cheese would weigh just that — one pound. Not more. Not less. Why? Our founders believed being honest and trustworthy was unquestionably the right thing to do.

They were right. And today, we still use “16 ounces to the pound” as shorthand for two cornerstones of our character: unquestionable integrity and an ongoing commitment to quality.

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