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Sargento Foods Inc.
Type Privately held company
Industry Cheese and food production, marketing
Founded Plymouth, Wisconsin, 1953
Headquarters Plymouth, Wisconsin, United States
Key people Louis Gentine, CEO
Products Packaged food, Dairy products
Revenue Sales are over $600 million annually[1]
Owners The Gentine Family
Employees 1,300 (2008 estimate)

Sargento Foods Inc. is an American food producer best known for its cheese. It was established in 1953 in Plymouth, Wisconsin by Leonard Gentine and Joseph Sartori.[2][3] Sargento is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States,[4] and is one of the largest retail cheese companies in the U.S.[5] The company offers profit sharing, tuition reimbursement and benefits for its employees.[6]


It was the first company to sell packaged shredded cheese, and the first to develop zippered packaging for its cheeses.[7][8] The company also produces and markets specialty cheeses, which it purveys on its website and in catalogs.[9] Additional products include sauces, snack cheeses and snack foods, and the company also manufactures custom cheese and food products for corporate clients.[9]


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