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LaClare Family Creamery merger offers convenience to customers nationwide

Friday, July 6, 2018   (0 Comments)

Fond du Lac Reporter
Sarah Razner

 


Pass the cheese, please.

Recently, LaClare Family Creamery expanded the ways in which they can do so, through the single-serving offerings and a merger with other cheese creameries to form Mosaic Meadows.

LaClare Family Creamery got its start in as a small goat farm outside Chilton in 1978 with owners Larry and Clara Hedrich, according to a press release. Since then, it moved to its current location at W2994 Fond du Lac County HH and has "grown from operating out of our home office, hauling with a 1,000 gallon tanker to being able to take in and process milk by the truckload while maintaining the highest quality goat cheese offered in America,” said Clara Hedrich.

Offering a variety of cheeses, their products are recognized globally. At this year’s World Cheese Championships, their Cave-Aged Chandoka placed in the top 20 and earned first place best in class; their goat milk yogurt took home first place best in class as well. Additionally, Evalon, a Gouda-style artisan cheese made by LaClare, was named the 2018 Good Food Award winner, according to their website.

Reaching out to consumers in new ways, in recent years, LaClare has added farm-to-table selections on-site, as well as goat yoga.

This year’s expansion has allowed the creamery to offer convenience to customers nationwide. Customers can now devour single-serving offerings of sliced LaClare goat cheeses, as well as varieties of mozzarella, cheddar and Jack. Single-serving yogurts crafted from goat milk are also available, in original, blueberry, vanilla and strawberry flavors.

The sliced cheeses can be used in a variety of ways, with any vegetable or meat dish, as well on any sandwich, Hedrich said. Yogurt can be a substitute for many items with higher caloric or sugar ingredients, as well as sour cream, she added.

Not only do the single-serve options allow LaClare to offer their goat cheese products to a wider audience said Hedrich, but they also provide convenience to customers seeking healthy choices.

Looking to grow further and access the entire US marketplace, said Hedrich, La Clare joined with the Wisconsin-based Saxon Creamery and Pennsylvania-based Lamanga Cheese Company to form Mosaic Meadows. All cheese-makers are family operated, according to the press release. 

Also based out of Wisconsin, Saxon Creamery had ties to LaClare prior to the merger. Years ago, LaClare and Saxon Creamery "both began making cheese at Saxon Creamery the same week,” said Hedrich, before La Clare then built is own creamery.

With La Clare and Saxon Creamery reaching Midwest and Western markets, the Pennsylvania-based Lamanga Cheese Company offers connections to the East Coast, said Hedrich, providing LaClare the opportunity to expand sales and into products that they were unable to do previously.   

According to the press release, the merger will allow "each creamery to further expand its world-class artisanal product lines, while sharing resources in marketing, services and sales capabilities.”

Operating country-wide, the company has a broker-and-distribution network and sales force stretching from coast to coast.


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