About Us

What We Do

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

Cheese Manufacturing

Hilmar Cheese Company specializes in the production of natural cheeses utilized by private label and national brand, retail and foodservice companies throughout the world. Rare among large manufacturing sites, we have the ability to produce a range of cheese in large volumes and the flexibility to adjust quickly to our customer’s changing needs. Our products are made under stringent food safety programs that deliver reliability, traceability and security at every step.

Whey Protein and Lactose Manufacturing

Hilmar Ingredients, a division of Hilmar Cheese Company, markets a wide range of whey protein concentrates, whey protein hydrolysates, whey protein isolate, Lactoferrin; and edible, refined and ultra-refined lactose. These ingredients are sold to food and beverage companies worldwide for use in everything from chocolate bars to smoothies.

Word art of hilmar values: Relationship, Teamwork, Integrity, Improvement, and Excellence.

Community Responsibility

We take great pride in our local communities. It is where we live too! Company owners and employees dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours. Hilmar Cheese Company provides valuable support to make a difference. Learn more about our local efforts on our Sustainability page.

If you are interested in a donation, please learn more on our donations page.

Scholarship Program

Our annual scholarship program provides college or trade school scholarships for children of our employees, the dairy farm families that ship milk to us and local students in the counties of Merced or Stanislaus, California or Hartley or Dallam, Texas pursing agricultural degrees. Online Scholarship Applications are accepted December – February 1. Annual deadline is February 1. For questions contact scholarships@hilmarcheese.com.

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Our History & Values

In 1984, twelve Central California dairy families, seeking to maximize the value of their Jersey cows’ high solids milk, created Hilmar Cheese Company. They invested heavily in research, the latest technology and staff excellence –a practice that continues to guide the privately held company today.