Heartland Dairy Acquired by LaClare Family Creamery
LaClare Family Creamery purchased the assets of Heartland Creamery, based in Missouri. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Coupling Heartland’s processing with our highly regarded goat milk supply will allow us to expand our current product lines,” said Katie Fuhrmann, LaClare’s cheesemaker.
Both LaClare, based in Malone, Wis., and Heartland have been on the ground floor of the growing goat cheese market. In 2015, each was widely recognized at the U.S. Champion Cheese Contest: Heartland winning a silver medal in the goat cheddar class and LaClare earning the Runner Up “Best of Show” title for its “American Originals” recipe.
“Charlie Sharpe took a ‘family-first’ approach to his workforce when he launched Heartland Creamery in 2005. And that’s certainly another value we share,” agreed Larry Hedrich, co-founder of LaClare. “While Charles is no longer with us, his vision and values are something we’re privileged to continue.”
The acquisition process will take place over the next several weeks.
Wisconsin is one of the top states in the U.S. for goat milk production. Earlier this year, LaClare Family Creamery expanded its product offerings, upgraded its processing capacity, recruited nationally recognized affineur David Rogers and had its cheese prominently featured in a February episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”