German Company Buys Cream Cheese Manufacturer with Factory in Casa Grande

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Franklin Foods Holdings (Franklin), the World’s fastest growing cream cheese company, announced today that Hochland SE, a privately-held Bavaria, Germany-based cheese company, has acquired Franklin Foods and its sister companies. Jon Gutknecht, current partner, president and CEO of Franklin Foods, will continue to lead Franklin and maintain an interest in the new venture. Franklin Foods will continue to operate independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hochland SE. Franklin’s strong manufacturing and sales platform in the US cream cheese market complements Hochland’s international growth strategy.

Franklin Foods was established in 1899 in Vermont, originally under the name “Hahn’s Cheese Company.” Today, Franklin Foods is the third largest cream cheese producer in the USA. Franklin sells its own award-winning brands including Greek Cream Cheese, Green Mountain Farms and Hahn’s, and private label products to food service companies and retailers.

Franklin Foods operates two manufacturing facilities in Casa Grande, Arizona and Enosburg Falls, Vermont, with corporate offices in Delray Beach, Florida. The company serves every food industry segment, conducts business throughout the United States and numerous international markets, and employs over 220 people.

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