Beehive Cheese Collaborates With Gossner Foods To Elevate Cheddar Production
Utah-based cheesemakers Beehive Cheese and Gossner Foods have announced plans to expand their longtime partnership to production of Beehive’s Promontory Cheddar.
Beehive Cheese has been sourcing its milk from Gossner Foods for more than 18 years. Starting in the summer of 2024, the partnership between these multi-generational, family-owned companies will expand. Using Beehive Cheese’s recipe for Promontory Cheddar, the production of whole wheels soon will take place at Gossner’s Magic Valley creamery, while all flavor rubbing and aging will continue at the Beehive Cheese creamery in Uintah, Utah.
Strategic Focus And Growth
Beehive Cheese notes that partnering with the master cheesemakers at Gossner Foods will allow it to dedicate its full attention to its signature rubbed-rind Cheddars. With no jobs being lost during this shift, Beehive Cheese will continue to oversee the cheesemaking process with the same product quality with the added opportunity for positive growth. Through its evolved partnership with Gossner Foods, Beehive Cheese will maintain full ownership of its company, quality standards, equipment and its future.
The Ford and Welsh Families founded Beehive cheese in 2005 with eight days of cheesemaking between the two of them. They built a company rooted in passion and attention to quality with a mission of sharing their award-winning cheese with as many friends as possible. Now, to do so, they need to expand their production.
A Trusted Partnership
“We have been working with Gossner Foods as our milk supplier since 2005,” says Beehive Cheese owner and founding partner Tim Welsh. “Because of the trust we’ve built over the years and Gossner’s example of how to thrive as a family-owned company, it was a no-brainer to explore working with them as a cheesemaking partner. Finding the way forward, this partnership with Gossner Foods removes many of the roadblocks that we’ve encountered. We can continue making award-winning cheese, minimize debt in expanding our operation, and set the stage for success for our employees and the next generation to grow and thrive.”
A New Era Of Leadership And Sustainability
Second-generation leader and Beehive Cheese President, Britton Welsh, says of the partnership, “With the next generation of Beehive leadership in place, we’ve been energized to think through how to get to the next level sustainably while staying true to who we are. We’ve seen what can happen when companies sell, take on too much debt or bring in investors with different goals. Our expanded partnership with Gossner Foods allows us to produce the same high-quality cheese, maintain our company culture and preserve that thing that makes us so special.”
Embracing B Corp Certification And Sustainability
B Corp Certified in 2023, Beehive Cheese says this partnership will also strengthen its commitment to the certification standards, allowing integration into Gossner’s state-of-the-art water and waste conservation efforts.
The Future Of Beehive Cheese And Gossner Foods Collaboration
The company adds working more closely with Gossner Foods is how Beehive Cheese is finding a way forward while still maintaining its integrity, staying true to its ethos and remaining a family-owned and operated company. “This is an exciting opportunity for our experienced cheesemakers to partner with an innovative company that serves a growing niche market. Our relationship with Beehive over the last 18-plus years has remained strong because we see eye to eye on quality standards and company values. We’re looking forward to this expanded relationship,” says Kristan Earl, Gossner Foods president and CEO.
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Source: Cheese Market News