Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. honored its 35th year in business with a celebration of the past, a recognition of employee accomplishments, and the announcement of its Strategic Plan 2021 at the company’s first-ever “Academy Awards” event.
The program kicked off with personal stories and a historical photo presentation of how 12 Central California dairy families took a tremendous risk by betting their farms on a new endeavor –Hilmar Cheese Company. The owners reflected on the sustained growth and success of the company, attributing it to the hard work and dedication of their employees.
And it was the employees who were the stars of the “Academy Awards” program, receiving awards in two categories:
- The 15 winners of the employee-nominated Hilmar Way High Five Award demonstrated personal and professional commitment to the company’s cultural values of excellence, integrity, teamwork, improvement and relationships.
- Ten cross-functional teams, with participants willing to embrace change and improvements, received the Teamwork Award.
This set the stage for everyone to learn about Hilmar Cheese Company’s new Strategic Plan 2021. “This plan builds on our strong culture and purpose to improve lives while setting a bold vision for the future,” explained David Ahlem, CEO and President of Hilmar Cheese Company. “The plan identifies the strategies we will use during the next three years as we move to create sustainable growth that is repeatable, ethical and responsible to current and future communities.”
Founded in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company and its division, Hilmar Ingredients, serve customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert high-quality milk received from local independent dairy farms into a variety of nutritious cheese, whey ingredients and milk powders. The company specializes in the production of cheddar and American-style cheeses utilized by private label and national brand companies worldwide. Its Hilmar Ingredients division manufactures and markets globally a wide range of whey protein, lactose products and milk powders. www.hilmarcheese.com