What started out as a little Swiss cheese making plant in 1966, has turned into an industry-leading family business that is one of the country’s largest Swiss cheese manufacturers. Gossner Foods offers several varieties of Swiss cheese, ranging from a mild Baby Swiss to the full-bodied flavor of their European- Style Old World Swiss. They also produce shelf-stable milk in a variety of flavors, small batches of specialty ice cream, butter, and whipping cream.
350 dairy farm families operate the 190 dairy farms in Utah and Idaho that service Gossner Foods’ two plants (Logan, UT and Burley, ID). Owner and CEO, Dolores Wheeler, has always operated on the “handshake” principle. She doesn’t have contracts with her farmers but believes in mutual trust and respect, feeling that if the relationship is good it will grow and prosper, if not, then the farmer is under no binding obligation. The philosophy has worked well, and the company has a wonderful reputation among the local farming community.
Touring their large, state-of-the-art plant was a great experience and different from our recent cheesy adventures. Because they are a leading Swiss cheese producer, everything was done on a larger scale than our precious tours. Large mixing vats and custom-made equipment are essential to the company’s quality operation.
Making each variety of cheese is a unique process that follows time-proven recipes with specialized equipment and specific aging protocols. Because of this, many large cheese manufacturers specialize in a single variety. Gossner specializes in Swiss and Muenster, a fresher, soft cheese.
The Process of Making Swiss & UHT Milk
After our tour we had the chance to try many of their products at their onsite store. In addition to their Swiss, they offer many other cheese varieties and economy end cuts of cheese at a great price. They also offer homemade ice cream (available only at their Logan store), fresh butter and handmade cheese spreads. At the store you can stock up on shelf-stable milk in a variety of flavors (Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Rootbeer, Cookies & Cream, Orange Cream, Banana, Mango) and fresh cheese curds – made every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you happen to stop by during the holidays, you can pick up a quart of seasonal Holiday Nog – a favorite that sells out quickly!
1051 North 1000 West, Logan, UT 84321 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Make sure to check out this premium dairy producer!