• ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

    Hilmar Cheese Company is proud of our longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship. We recognize our responsibility to the community and environment in which we live and raise our families.

    Our commitment begins with conservation and careful management of our resources. Hilmar Cheese Company operates technologically advanced water reclamation facilities in California and Texas. Nearly all of the water we use is recycled and then converted into clean irrigation water used by local farmers. We are also proud to be recognized by the California Climate Action Registry as a Climate Action Leader in working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And, we are pursuing opportunities for alternative energy solutions.   

    Fully Treated Wastewater

    Fully treated process water discharged into holding ponds. Treatment facility backdrop.

      Anaerobic digester tanks

    Anaerobic digester tanks where process water organics are converted to biogas.

    Environmental Leadership

    Hilmar Cheese Company’s commitment to environmental stewardship extends beyond our facilities to the dairy families that supply our milk. We are active in industry sustainability efforts such as Dairy Cares, which promotes sustainable dairy farming practices, including world-class environmental stewardship and innovation, and the responsible care and treatment of dairy cattle.

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    We also support the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, which provides dairy families with education, training and assistance to ensure compliance with California environmental quality laws and regulations. This unique partnership involves state and federal government agencies, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency, dairy organization representatives and the University of California. Dedicated to “compliance through education,” the CDQAP received the 2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

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    Hilmar Cheese Company partners with more than 230 dairy farms families who directly ship us the highest quality milk. 100% of these farms participate in the National Dairy FARM Program. Farmers Assuring Responsible Management, or FARM, includes comprehensive dairy cattle best care practices for nutrition, health, housing and more. Developed by animal scientists and veterinarians, FARM includes evaluation of each individual dairy to assess compliance with practices for proper animal care, comfort and well-being practices. The program also includes independent third-party verification.

    Learn more about our California facility.

    Environmental Investigation Information Repository.