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Cheese Market News Retail Watch Article: Franklin Foods

Cheese Market News Retail Watch Article: Franklin Foods

Posted on February 13, 2013

New Arizona Facility to Expand Western U.S. Distribution

By Kate Sander

Franklin Foods Inc. is on a mission to re-invent cream cheese for today's consumer, and as the company begins to offer Greek Cream Cheese and prepares to open new facility in Casa Grande, Ariz.., it appears the mission is well underway and successful.

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Press Release - World's Fastest Growing Cream Cheese Company Announces Second Facility in Arizona

Posted on November 07, 2012

Delray Beach, FL— November 7, 2012 -- Franklin Foods, Inc., the world’s fastest growing cream cheese company, announced today their decision to open a second manufacturing facility as part of the company’s strategic growth initiative and to meet the growing demand for their products.  The new facility will be located in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Cream Cheese production is planned to commence in early 2013.


The Franklin Food West facility greatly expands manufacturing capacity for Franklin’s rapidly growing Food Service, Industrial, Retail, Private Label and International businesses.  This new production capacity will also be used to meet consumer demand for Franklin's recently launched Greek Cream Cheese.  New modern technology has been acquired and will be installed to accelerate the company's Mission to "Re-Invent Cream Cheese for Today's Consumers."


Franklin Foods was established in Enosburg Falls, Vermont in 1899 and has a rich tradition of supporting local New England Dairy Farmers by purchasing fresh milk and cream from nearby farms and suppliers.  The company will continue this tradition in Arizona by purchasing local milk and cream from United Dairyman of Arizona (UDA).


 “Over the past two years we’ve conducted an exhaustive search throughout the Western USA, and we are pleased to announce our new facility in Casa Grande, Arizona,” said Jon Gutknecht, President  & CEO of Franklin Foods. “We are excited to put down roots in the local community and partner with, not only UDA and their Coop of Arizona family farms, but also the talent-rich community of Casa Grande.  We could not be happier to be a part of the Great State of Arizona."


Franklin Food's state-of-the-art 90,000 square foot facility in Casa Grande will produce a full line of cultured cream cheese and cream cheese based products including the newly announced and industry first Greek Cream Cheese. The facility is expected to create 59 new jobs over the next two years.


Keith Murfield, CEO of United Dairymen of Arizona said, "We are pleased that Franklin Foods has chosen Arizona and Casa Grande for their expansion.  We are very impressed with Franklin's team and look forward to welcoming them as a new customer of UDA."


“We’d like to give special thanks to the various groups and agencies that were instrumental in our selection of Casa Grande. The Honorable Bob Jackson, Mayor of Casa Grande, Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority, Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Jim Dinkle, Executive Director of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation,” said Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Franklin Foods commenting on the opening of the new facility.


Franklin Foods, Inc. also announced today that it has promoted Rocco Cardinale to Vice-President.  In his new role, Mr. Cardinale and his family will relocate from South Florida to Arizona where he will oversee the startup of the new facility.   


About Franklin Foods

Franklin Foods, Inc., corporate offices are located in Delray Beach, FL, with manufacturing facilities in Enosburg Falls, Vermont and Casa Grande, AZ.  Franklin Foods is a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 Certified manufacturer.  Franklin Foods began producing cheese in 1899 using fresh milk and cream from nearby farms. Today, the Franklin Foods tradition of top quality, delicious taste and dairy innovation continues. Franklin Foods is the fastest growing cream cheese producer in the World and continues on its mission to "Re-Invent Cream Cheese® for today’s consumers."  Franklin Foods’ award-winning products are distributed to industrial, institutional, foodservice, private label, supermarket and club store accounts across the United States and numerous international markets. For more information visit:





       Media Contact:

       Kendra Boccelli

       Boccelli & Co. PR for Franklin Foods

       P: 1.617.645.3205


Click here for PDF version of press release

Back to School with Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese

Back to School with Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese

Posted on August 31, 2012

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese celebrates fifth anniversary serving New York City Schools!

Seventh U.S. Patent Issued to Franklin Foods

Seventh U.S. Patent Issued to Franklin Foods

Posted on August 21, 2012

Franklin Foods, Inc. has been issued its seventh patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for Yogurt Cheese Products. Patent number 8,247,015 has been issued to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt. The timeliness of the seventh patent approval for Yogurt Cheese Products correlates with a growing demand within institutional channels for lowfat ingredients to help reduce the fat, calories and cholesterol in mainstream consumer packaged goods. This demand is due to rising obesity rates and consumers continued desire for healthier food alternatives.

Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum

Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum

Posted on August 01, 2012

Join the Vermont Fresh Network for a special evening when farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensationl meal. The celebration features a bounty of Vermont grown products. Sunday, August 5, at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.

Tapping Into Employee Creativity - Article by Damian Killen

Posted on January 09, 2012

Author Damien Killen writes a timely article on the hot topic of innovation, idea creation and personality types. Thanks to Damien for including the marketing of Hahn's Yogurt Cream Cheese in the article. Click here to read the entire article

Franklin Foods Suffers No Damage During Hurricane Irene

Posted on August 29, 2011

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and concerns with the recent storms in Vermont. Fortunately, all is fine at our facility in Northeastern, VT and we are happy to report no damage. Wishing our neighbors and friends that have been impacted by the storm all the best.

Franklin Foods Co-Sponsors

Franklin Foods Co-Sponsors "Music In The Vineyard" at Snow Farm Winery

Posted on June 20, 2011

Come on out to Snow Farm Vineyards every Thursday evening from June to September for the award-winning live concert music series. All concerts are free and no tickets are required.

From week to week they present a variety of music to satisfy all tastes - from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

2011 Summer Concert Schedule

23-Jun    Dirt Road    sponsored by    Keeler Bay Variety

30-Jun    Shakedown    Co-sponsored by The Islander and SilverCloud Design       
04-Jul    Groove Thing    sponsored by    Vermont Nutfree Chocolate  (Special Monday Night Concert)
07-Jul   Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers     sponsored by Shore Acres and Merchants Bank.
14-Jul   The High Rollers       sponsored by The Law Offfices of David Carter, Esq
21-Jul    The Phil Abair Band    sponsored by    A&B Beverage and Andrea Champagne Real Estate 
28-Jul    Quadra      sponsored by    Tim Brisson & Associates
30-Jul    The Tammy Fletcher Band    sponsored by The Blue Paddle Bistro
(Special Saturday night concert.  Box dinners to go available at the Blue Paddle with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity.  Must be ordered ahead of time)
04-Aug    After The Rodeo   sponsored by    CIDER.
11-Aug    Nobby Reed    sponsored by  NE Delta Dental
18-Aug    The Bone Killers    sponsored by    Paw Print & Mail 
25-Aug   The Joshua Panda Band    sponsored by Apple Island Resort
01-Sept    Starline Rhythm Boys    sponsored by    W.V.M.T

June is Dairy Month!

June is Dairy Month!

Posted on June 01, 2011


Fifth U.S. Patent Issued for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese

Posted on March 16, 2011

Franklin Foods, Inc. has been issued its fifth patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. Patent number 7,897,185 has been issued to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt. The timeliness of the fifth patent approval for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese correlates with a growing demand within institutional channels for lowfat ingredients to help reduce the fat, calories and cholesterol in mainstream consumer packaged goods. This demand is due to rising obesity rates and consumers continued desire for healthier food alternatives. 

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese On-Trend with New Federal Dietary Guidelines

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese On-Trend with New Federal Dietary Guidelines

Posted on February 21, 2011

According to the IDFA the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  encourages 3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products for adults and children 9 years and older. For children ages 4-8, the recommendation was increased from 2-2.5 servings, and for children ages 2-3, the recommendation remains 2 servings. The dairy food group (milk, cheese and yogurt) is a substantial contributor of many nutrients in the U.S. diet that are important for good health, including calcium, potassium, phosporus, magnesium, zinc, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and riboflavin.

Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese fits right into the new guidelines and national efforts to curb obesity in schools because it has 60% less fat, 60% less saturated fat, 55% less cholesterol and 30% less sodium and delivers four times more calcium per serving than regular cream cheese.

Hahn's Yogurt Cream Cheese Expands California Distribution

Posted on December 30, 2010

Franklin Foods mission to spread the goodness of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese and help schools fight the battle against childhood obesity has reached 20 more school districts. According to the Center for Disease Control, and their National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, obesity in children continues to rise at an alarming rate. The Franklin Foods mission to Re-Invent Cream Cheese and offer innovative products, like Yogurt Cream Cheese, which delivers cream cheese taste and performance with the natural benefit of reduced fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories ushers in a new era of food options for schools to serve their students.

CDC Survey Results Report: 1971-74 to 2003-2006

  • Obesity in Children aged from 2 - 5 increased from 5% to 12.4%
  • Obesity in Children aged from 6 -11 increased from 4% to 17%
  • Obesity in Children aged from 12 -19 increased from 6.1% to 17.6%
  • 20% of US Children have abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels and these higher levels are tied more prominently to overweight and obese children.

Franklin Foods Awarded Business of the Year for 2010

Posted on November 19, 2010

Franklin Foods has been awarded Vermont's "Franklin County Business of the Year" for 2010 by the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation (FCIDC). The award acknowledges Franklin Foods commitment to its employees, community and manufacturing facility investments in New England's largest dairy county and milk shed. Click here to read the press release.

Franklin Foods Headed to Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival on July 25th

Franklin Foods Headed to Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival on July 25th

Posted on July 15, 2010

According to the Vemont Cheesemakers Festival, Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season.

For more information visit


Franklin Foods Receives Highest Level of Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF)

Posted on March 03, 2010

ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt. — Mar. 3, 2010 Franklin Foods, a leading manufacturer and marketer of cream cheese based products announces it has received the highest level certification by Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) for its Enosburg Falls, VT facility. The SQF 2000 Level 3 certification is the highest level possible for food safety and quality and is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), whose aim is, “safe food for consumers everywhere.”


The  Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF), a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), administers the SQF Program. SQF is a leader in global food safety, quality certification, and management system. The SQF Program provides “independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulation.” This, according to SQF, “enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.”


“We are very proud to be acknowledged internationally for our company wide commitment to manufacturing excellence through the SQF program which requires thorough training, regular auditing, and strict protocols. Just as important it will help us build relationships with domestic and international customers and drive our growth plans in 2010,” said Rocco Cardinale director of marketing.


About Franklin Foods

Franklin Foods, Inc., is located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont’s dairy capital. Franklin Foods began producing cheese in 1899, using fresh milk and cream from nearby farms. Today, Franklin Foods is a manufacturer of innovative branded specialty cream cheese based spreads and dips. Franklin is also the inventor of their patented Yogurt Cream Cheese, which delivers cream cheese taste and performance with natural benefit of reduced fat, sodium, cholesterol and fat. Several years ago, Franklin embarked on a strategic growth plan that includes the rapid development and expansion of products targeted toward the Private Label Cream Cheese category. Franklin Foods is a full line cream cheese supplier and distributes its award-winning products to industrial, institutional, food service, private label, supermarket and club store accounts across the United States and in select international markets. For more information, visit


Click here for Franklin Foods SQF Certification Level 3 Press Release PDF


Third U.S. Patent Approved for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese

Posted on August 28, 2009

(Enosburg Falls, VT) August 28, 2009-Franklin Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  issued patent number 7,572,473 to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt for the award-winning Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese.  This is the third patent for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese.

These key patent approvals allow for protected manufacturing, marketing and distribution of  Yogurt & Cream Cheese across dairy, food service, culinary and retail categories, which will have a positive impact on consumers' health and wellness.

Click on link to read article in the Cheese Reporter


Franklin Foods Wins 3 Medals at the American Cheese Society Competition

Posted on August 10, 2009

Enosburg Falls, VT - August 12, 2009 – Franklin Foods amazed the judges by winning medals for Hahn’s Cultured Cream Cheese, Hahn’s Neufchâtel, and the patented Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese, at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Austin, Texas on August 5-8.  The American Cheese Society is the country’s premiere platform for cheese industry research and education.

The highlight of the contest for Franklin Foods was its Hahn’s brand. Hahn’s Cultured Cream Cheese and Hahn’s Neufchâtel achieved the highest vote totals in the highly competitive—fresh unripened cheese made from cow’s milk category—thus securing a 1st and 2nd Place finish.

Not to be outdone, the patented Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese tied for 2nd Place in the low fat / low salt category for flavored cheeses.  A highly competitive category that requires cheese makers to deliver on both great taste and low fat benefits, Hahn’s achieved the highest vote total of any sweet flavored low fat / low salt cheese.

“Hahn’s cheeses are the forerunners of dairy innovation and trusted by professional chefs, bakers and consumers for their delicious taste and excellent quality. The results confirm that the Franklin Foods brands and products can compete with leading industry rivals and excel on an international level,” said Rocco Cardinale director of marketing. 

According to David Grotenstein, chairman of the Judging and Competition, “We had a record turnout with 1,327 entries this year from 197 companies.  We saw surges in blue cheeses and farmstead cheeses.  Goat cheeses, both fresh and aged, were up dramatically.  We had 32 states represented this year, plus three Canadian provinces and—a first this year with entries from the State of Mexico.  In these tougher times, cheesemakers are hoping a ribbon will be a marketing tool.”

Click Here for the Hahn's 2009 ACS Awards Press Release


Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Approved by Alameda County School District

Posted on July 28, 2009

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese logoFranklin Foods continues its mission to "Spread the Goodness of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese" across the United States.  Beginning in the 2009 school year Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese will be served to 225,000 students across 18 school districts in Alameda County, California.



Food Biz Kids Rate Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese A Winner!

Posted on July 10, 2008

The industry leading Food Processing Magazine tested Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese with their Food Biz Kids student product testers. The results "A Great Bagel Topper". Click here to read the results. 

The “I Want Hahn's” Global Suggestion Box Launched

Posted on January 25, 2008

Franklin Foods launches "I Want Hahn's" an internet-based global suggestion box that connects consumers with corporate food purchasing buyers "The 'I Want Hahn's' campaign is a consumer empowerment tool and builds upon our previous social-media success," said Rocco Cardinale, director of marketing. Here's how it works:

Consumers visit the Franklin Foods homepage and click on the "I Want Hahn's" button. Next, the consumer fills out a form requesting that Hahn's be available in their local community, i.e., school, supermarket. Franklin Foods then organizes each consumer-generated request geographically. The sales team and national broker network then share each submission with corporate food buyers during their presentations to show existing unmet demand for the Hahn's brand in each market.

Hahn's Debuts at New Jersey School Nutrition Annual Conference

Posted on November 07, 2007

The New Jersey Chapter of the School Nutrition Association held its 45th Annual Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese was part of the excitement, and was sampled by over 600 school foodservice buyers.

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Scores Big at World Cheese Championships

Posted on March 23, 2006

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Blueberry Dream achieved a Second place in the Reduced Fat category during the World Cheese Championships in Milwaukee, WI

Hahn's Voted a Two-Time “Consumer Hit!” by Supermarket Guru

Posted on June 29, 2005

Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese 8 oz. Bar has been voted a “Consumer Hit” by NBC Today Show Food Editor and Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese 7 oz. cup was also voted a “Consumer Hit” on May 11, 2005.

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