LaClare Family Creamery acquires Heartland Creamery in Missouri

LaClare Family Creamery acquires Heartland Creamery in Missouri

MALONE, WI — LaClare Family Creamery is acquiring the assets of Missouri-based Heartland Creamery.

Terms of the transaction between the goat cheese makers were undisclosed. “The move will allow us to couple Heartland’s processing with our highly regarded goat milk supply,” said Katie Fuhrmann, LaClare’s cheesemaker.

Both LaClare 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.

“Charles 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 Charlie 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.”

About LaClare Family Creamery:

LaClare Family Creamery traces its roots back to 1978 when Larry and Clara Hedrich started a small goat farm on the outskirts of Chilton, Wis. The family-operated business has grown to include a processing plant, retail shop, and restaurant at its current location in Malone., Wis., and has received numerous national and international awards for its innovative and appetizing products.