Leprino Foods

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Leprino Foods Company
Industry Food manufacturing
Founded 1950
Headquarters Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Key people
James Leprino (founder, chairman & CEO)
Mike Durkin (President)
Products Dairy ingredients
Number of employees
4,000+ (2014)
Website www.leprinofoods.com

Leprino Foods is an American company with headquarters in Denver, Colorado that produces cheese, lactose, whey protein and sweet whey.[1][2] It is the world's largest maker of mozzarella cheese.[3]


Leprino Foods was founded by James Leprino's father Mike Leprino in 1950 as a family-owned market selling grocery items and handmade cheese in Denver.[1][2] It was first sold under the Gina Marie brand.[1] Leprino Foods has facilities in Waverly, New York; Remus, Michigan; Allendale, Michigan; Greeley, Colorado; Fort Morgan, Colorado; Roswell, New Mexico; Singapore; Tracy, California; and Lemoore, California.[2] It operates plants in Northern Ireland and Wales.[2] The company's cheeses include mozzarella, reduced-fat Monterey jack, provolone, reduced-fat cheddar and various cheese blends, mainly for pizzeria and foodservice operators, frozen food manufacturers and private label cheese packagers.

In 2009, it was ranked by Forbes as the 165th largest private company in the United States.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Official website, About Us
  2. ^ a b c d BusinessWeek profile
  3. ^ Cathy Proctor, Patrick Sweeney, 'Denver's big cheese: Leprino cuts a huge slice of the mozzarella market', in Denver Business Journal, December 29, 2002 [1]
  4. ^ Forbes company profile