• WHO WE ARE

    Natural Style Cheeses, Whey Proteins and Lactose

    Hilmar Facility and Headquarters and Innovation Center 

    Committed to continuous improvement and innovation, Hilmar Cheese Company and our business unit, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries from our two manufacturing facilities. Our founding headquarters is located in California's fertile Central Valley in Hilmar, and our state-of-the-art Dalhart, Texas facility is located in a growing dairy region. Our steady supply of fresh milk ensures our customers of consistent, year-round availability of product.

    Hilmar Cheese Company specializes in the production of natural cheeses utilized by private label and national brand, retail and foodservice companies across America. While rare among large manufacturing sites, Hilmar Cheese Company has the unique ability to produce a range of cheese in large volumes and the flexibility to adjust quickly to our customers’ changing needs.

    Hilmar Ingredients, a division of Hilmar Cheese Company, manufactures a wide range of whey protein concentrates, whey protein hydrolysates, whey protein isolates and three grades of edible lactose: edible, refined, and ultra-refined. Our whey and lactose ingredients are sold worldwide for use in such diverse applications as frozen dinners, sports beverages, processed cheeses, baked goods, infant formulas, confectioneries, and many others.

    Hilmar Cheese Company delivers superior quality, expansive product diversity and mass quantities while, at the same time, remaining dedicated to such critical issues as the environment, employee development and consumer education. Committed to excellence, Hilmar Cheese Company’s vision is to be the most successful cheese and whey products manufacturer in the world.

    See how Hilmar Cheese Company has been setting the standard in cheese and whey processing for 30 years. (View Video)  

    At A Glance

    Hilmar Cheese Company...

    • Was founded in 1984 and began production in 1985.
    • Annually produces more cheese and whey from one site (Hilmar, CA) than any other manufacturer in the world.
    • Production facility in Hilmar, California and Dalhart, Texas
    • Employs more than 1,200 people.
    • Processes more than 21 million pounds of milk (9.5 million liters) of milk each day received from more than 230 dairies.
    • Milk supply is about 30% Jersey milk.
    • Produces more than 2.4 million pounds (more than 1,100 metric tons) of cheese each day.
    • Makes natural cheeses like Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Colby, Colby-Jack, flavored Jacks, Mozzarella and Hispanic cheeses for use in food service, ingredients, retail and the restaurant/fast food trade.
    • Is a consistent Gold medalist at the California State Fair Cheese competition.

    Hilmar Ingredients, A Division of Hilmar Cheese...

    • Produces more than 139,000 pounds of whey protein, and 388,000 pounds of lactose powder per day.
    • Full line of whey proteins include concentrates, hydrolysates and isolates.
    • Lactose products include edible, refined edible and ultra-refined..

        * Statistics include Hilmar and Dalhart