In 1908, the same year Henry Ford produced his first car model and the first commercial airplane left the ground, Bongards Creameries was formed. Bongards Creameries was a creamery cooperative started by a group of Minnesota farmers whose name was taken from their place of origin, Bongards, Minnesota.
For more than a hundred years, Bongards Creameries has provided consumers with different varieties of its cheese products. The cooperative’s retail brand has become one of the country’s unique brands of cheese products, owing on large part to the retention of most of its old world techniques. This, combined with the 21st century’s new technology, allows the cooperative to offer consumers cheeses that have a distinct taste and excellent quality. Bongards believes that the secret to its success is the fact that is produces its own natural cheeses. This allows the cooperative to control the cheese’s consistency and quality.
Today, Bongards operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, producing cheese all around the clock. In a year, the cooperative’s production facility over at Perham produces a million pounds and more of whey powder and natural cheeses. Almost all of the cooperative’s natural cheese product is then turned to a number of specialty processed cheeses at the cooperative’s facility. All of Bongards’ products are produced and processed in facilities that have been checked and approved by the USDA. All of Bongards’ products and facilities not only pass but exceed all standards of HACCP.
Currently, Bongards Creameries owns and operates three manufacturing facilities in the states of Minnesota (Bongards, Perham) and Tennessee (Humboldt). The Perham facility produces a number of high-quality whey powders, aside from producing cheese products. Whey products of the cooperative include Whey Protein 80% Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Powder (Deproteinized). Bongards’ facility in Bongards contains the latest automated equipment for processing cheese. Bongards’ Humboldt facility is focused on creating shredded and processed cheeses and cheese blends.
Aside from producing and distributing its products under its own retail brand, Bongards Creameries also produce cheese products for distribution to foodservice operators.
Headquarters: Bongards, Minnesota
Ownership Type: Private/Cooperative
No. of Employees: information not available
Demography: foodservice operators, cheese product consumers, whey product consumers
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