WE BRING DAIRY
WHO WE ARE
At Foremost Farms, we are proud to be one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the United States and a major food manufacturing business. We are owned by hundreds of Midwest dairy farm members located across seven Midwest states that produce the high-quality milk used to make millions of pounds of award-winning cheese, butter and dairy ingredients every year.
For nearly 30 years, we’ve produced 100% all-natural cheeses. From Italian- to American-style, our award-winning, premium cheeses are made to meet our customers’ needs for taste, functionality and performance.
Our award-winning butter is made with all-natural, nutritious cream from the member-owners’ farms, resulting in rich flavor and smooth texture. Produced in Reedsburg, Wisc., with cream separated on-site and from our Sparta, Wisc. facility, our quality butter is sold to business customers across the nation.
Our wholesome and nutritious ingredients provide our customers with innovative solutions. We produce both liquid and powder ingredients, carefully utilizing every part of the quality milk member-owners supply.
Member-owners of Foremost Farms supply high-quality milk that has superior butterfat and protein content. It is used to manufacture cheese, butter, dairy ingredients and fluid milk products, including condensed skim and cream, reverse osmosis skim and whole milk and innovative blends for our customers.
OUR EMPLOYEES’ MISSION
Our Mission is to create value for our dairy farm families by partnering with our customers to deliver high quality, nutritious, safe and sustainable milk products to the marketplace.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENTS
Our Sustainability Strategy was built with the input of our stakeholders, including customers, employees and industry associates, to determine the highest priority commitments for adoption.
We train and educate employees, focus on occupational health and safety throughout the cooperative network, create value for member-owners and protect customer privacy.
FOR THE PLANET
We believe in ethical animal care and focus strongly on water quality and conservation, wastewater management, greenhouse gas emission management and environmental compliance.
FOR HEALTHY FOOD
We provide healthy and affordable food with traceable ingredients. Safety and quality are top priorities for our nutritious products.
"We have a small farm but work really hard to diversify ourselves to build something that lasts for our lifetime and hopefully for our daughters’ lifetimes as well."
– Brenda Conley, High-Gem Holsteins & Normandes in Neosho, WI
"At the core of our operation, it's just the three of us, and being able to work with family is one of the biggest positives. Anybody can do a good job if they surround themselves with good people - and we do."
– Darrell Richard, Darita Holsteins in Goshen, IN
"Sustainability is important for our farm," Margaret said. "We want to be sure the soil is there for the future."
– Margaret Johnson, Trailside Holsteins near Preston, MN
"If the cows are happy and healthy, I'm happy and healthy."
– Rick Burkhamer, Burkhamer Farms in Richland Center, WI
BY THE NUMBERS
Foremost Farms has nine locations – eight manufacturing plants plus one headquarters in the Wisconsin Trade Center in Middleton, Wisconsin. Each plant operates 365/24/7 to make the award-winning products our retail and foodservice customers rely on to serve millions of consumers.
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OUR VALUED EMPLOYEES
We hire great people who embrace learning and our “continuous growth mindset” toward professional and personal development. It is the key to our culture, job satisfaction and successfully achieving our business objectives.
Chris Peterson, owner of Mapltwin Farm, said the farm was named when his parents, Jon and Sandra, started registering cows in 1960 at their 40 acre farm near Cashton, Wisconsin. Their chosen name - Mapletwin - was taken, so Jon dropped the “e” and it’s worked ever...
Foremost Farms sweeps three cheese categories in NMPF dairy product competition with products made with its members’ high quality milk Foremost Farms earns 10 awards with cheeses produced at its Appleton, Clayton and Richland Center plants MIDDLETON, Wisc. (Nov. 16,...
Foremost aims to commercialize a technology that can convert dairy manufacturing co-products into environmentally friendly, value-added materials The partners aim to reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint while simultaneously lowering manufacturing costs and...