Joseph Gallo Farms
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After working in the dairy business, Gallo and son Michael built the company’s cheese plant in 1982. In 1995, Successful Farming Magazine called Joseph Gallo Farms “America’s largest dairy farm”. It is currently in the third generation as a family-owned/operated business.
Joseph Gallo Farms is a prominent sustainable enterprise, receiving several honors and awards for their environmental practices. They also utilize conservation and renewable energies.
In 2004 they completed their first methane digester system, which uses biogas produced from cow manure to supply the majority of their plant’s electrical needs. They have claimed they are working on a second digester, which would enable a completely renewable energy-powered plant.
The farm grows the majority of the feed for their own cows. They are the oldest U.S. cheese producer to be government certified “free of all artificial hormones.”
They use whey, a source of protein found in milk, and a byproduct of the cheese making process, to make whey protein isolate. Using an ultrafiltration system to purify and concentrate the protein, they produce WPI at about 90% pure protein for use in nutritional supplements.
Joseph Gallo Farms has earned more than 100 awards and medals for their cheese and milk. In 2009, their provolone cheese was named "best in the world" at the World Cheese Awards.
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