Gossner Foods

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Gossner Foods
Type Private
Founded 1966
Headquarters Logan, Utah
Key people Dolores Gossner Wheeler, CEO & President
Website www.gossner.com

Gossner Foods is one of the largest cheese manufacturers in the United States, and is based in Logan, Utah.

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Gossner Foods specializes in producing varieties of Swiss cheese, but makes about 30 types of cheese all together.[1]

The company also produces UHT shelf stable milk for retail sale, and for the military.[2] Gossner Foods has a contract to supply UHT milk to American troops stationed around the world, with the exception of the Persian Gulf region. Kuwaiti-based company Public Warehousing was awarded that contract, since federal law permits the U.S. military to buy non-American products in combat zones.[3]

The company is headquartered in Logan, and has plants in El Centro, California, and Heyburn, Idaho, and employs more than 500 people.[4] Gossner buys milk from 300 farm families throughout Utah and Idaho.[5]

As of 2012, the chief executive officer was Dolores Gossner Wheeler.[1][6]

History[edit]

Edwin Gossner Sr. was born in 1909 in the eastern region of Egliswil-Waldkirch, Switzerland. In 1930, he moved to Burke, Wisconsin, to work in his brother’s cheese factory. After a three-year apprenticeship learning the techniques his brother acquired at the Swiss Cheesemaking School of Switzerland, Edwin took over the factory.[7]

The factory burned down in 1937, so Gossner moved to California where he worked for the Rumiano Cheese Company.[7]

In 1941, Gossner opened a cheese factory in Cache Valley, Utah, a location he chose because the climate and elevation resembled that of Switzerland, and because of the abundant supply of local milk. In 1946, his factory was the largest Swiss cheese factory in the world, producing 120 200-pound (91 kg) wheels of cheese each day.[7]

In 1966, Gossner founded the current company, Gossner Foods.[7]

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