Schreiber Foods

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Schreiber Foods
Founded 1945
Headquarters Green Bay, Wisconsin
Key people
Mike Haddad,
President & CEO
Products Dairy products
Number of employees

Schreiber Foods Inc., is a dairy company which produces and distributes natural cheese, process cheese, cream cheese and yogurt [2] It is an employee-owned customer brand dairy company headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. With more than $5 billion in annual sales,[1] Forbes ranked Schreiber Foods as 84th on its year 2014 list of privately held companies.[2]

Company history[edit]

Schreiber Foods Headquarters in downtown Green Bay, WI.

Schreiber Foods was founded in 1945 when L.D. Schreiber, in partnership with Merlin G. Bush and Daniel D. Nusbaum, started the L.D. Schreiber Cheese Company with its original plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1950, Schreiber Foods opened a second cheese plant in Carthage, Missouri. Schreiber added two more plants in the 1970s in Logan, Utah, and Monett, Missouri. In 2000, Schreiber purchased the Beatrice Foods plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin. It closed that plant employing 170 in 2002. Schreiber purchased Pinnacle Cheese in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2000. It closed the plant employing 100 in 2003. Schreiber purchased Raskas Foods in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2002. It closed the St Louis plant employing 220 in 2005, while maintaining plants in Texas and Pennsylvania.

By the end of 2000, six more were added to include additional operations in Missouri, Arizona and Wisconsin. Since then, they've expanded to include domestic plants in Pennsylvania, Texas, California and Utah, in addition to international operations in Austria, Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In 1962, Schreiber sold the cheese operation to 13 employees, including Bush and Nusbaum. As the company began to expand into products other than cheese, the L.D. Schreiber Company changed its name to Schreiber Foods Inc. in 1980. Then in 1999, Schreiber created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), turning ownership of the company over to all of its employees, or partners.

Cheese production[edit]

Schreiber produces customer brand process, natural and cream cheeses and yogurt for restaurants, grocery stores and foodservice distributors. Schreiber is the United States' second-largest producer of cream cheese and one of the largest yogurt producers. Schreiber produces cheese slices that are used on cheeseburgers by 17 of the top 20 hamburger chains.[3]


Schreiber employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. It is headed by President and CEO Mike Haddad, chairman Larry Ferguson, and CFO Matt Mueller. Jerry Smyth is the General Counsel. Ownership of the company was transferred to employees in the form of an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) in 1999.[3]


The company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It has United States production facilities in (* denotes location is also a distribution center):[4]

There are also international production facilities in:

Further reading[edit]

  • Sixteen Ounces to the Pound: The History of Schreiber Foods. (Schreiber Foods: Green Bay, Wis.) 2003