NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Case Study: Southwest Cheese

Southwest Cheese Company is a large scale manufacturer of premium quality block cheese and whey protein ingredients for consumer foods and beverage markets internationally. Southwest Cheese is a joint venture between Glanbia, a global nutrition company, and dairy cooperatives of the Greater Southwest Agency, including Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers. Its single state-of-the-art plant in Clovis, New Mexico is the largest natural cheese plant in the USA. Southwest Cheese and its employees spend approximately $700,000 annually in direct spending in the Clovis community, providing economic support to local businesses. Southwest Cheese invested $200 million in their original build and another $140 million for a 120,000 square foot expansion in 2016.

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“With this expansion we are making a significant commitment to our employees, our producers, our customers, our local community and the economy of New Mexico as we seek to capture further domestic and international cheese and whey market share.”

– Glanbia Global Ingredients CEO Brian Phelan