Bongrain Cheese USA Expands West Coast Plant

City of Industry, CA Bongrain Cheese USA (BC-USA), a world leader and
manufacturer of cream cheese and specialty cheese products for retail,
foodservice and industrial applications, recently concluded a significant
expansion of their West Coast (Fleur De Lait) plant in the City of Industry, CA.
The expansion represents an investment in and commitment to increasing the
capacity of production, improving safety and security of product, and boosting
efficiency of the plant.

Manufacturing, processing and delivering the highest quality product to our
customers is what drives our business at BC-USA, and we are always searching for
the best ways to streamline and enhance this process, says Frank Otis,
President of BC-USA. Demonstrating our commitment to deliver on this promise,
we have expanded our California production and storage facility, increased its
capacity, and installed the latest, most energy-efficient filtration system and
equipment the first of its kind used in our industry.

Plant investments include but are not limited to:

Increasing capacity of production: These major facility improvements allow for
better flow of production by doubling the amount of product being produced,
increasing silo storage of milk and cream, providing more refrigerators for
product cooling, and increasing production to seven days a week.

Improving quality of product: BC-USA prides itself on a history of safety and
security with products. They recently created a new area with filtered air and
more sensitive air pressure to protect the product as it is being filled and
packaged. Based on the latest European models for food production, this new
“clean room” area is the first of its kind in the United States to be used in a
food service production facility.

Improving quality: BC-USA is a pioneer in utilizing the HEPA (High Efficiency
Particulate Air) filtration system in the food industry for the production of
cheese products. This state of the art, one-of-a-kind air filtration system is
typically only used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and is intended to enhance
cleanliness, protect the product during packaging, and minimize the risk of
contamination. This filters out all air bacteria within the facility,
maintaining and controlling air quality throughout the plant. The new system not
only aligns with BC-USAs stellar record of safety, but also ensures customers
will receive the highest quality of cheeses from the plant.

Improving efficiency: A new state of the art and more efficient boiler system
will use less natural gas, thus saving natural resources. The first of its kind
to be used by any BC-USA company, this boiler system will be the prototype for
all other plants if proven successful.

Over the past six months, BC-USA has invested a significant amount of time and
commitment to improving the West Coast plant, concluded Otis. The newest
advancements will take our facility to the next level and set the bar high for
production of great quality cheese for our customers.

About Bongrain Cheese USA

Bongrain Cheese USA (BC-USA) is a United States based cheese company of Bongrain
SA, which is headquartered in Viroflay, France. Bongrain SA is a $5.0 billion
dollar international company whose primary business is specialty cheese. Our
award-winning brands are synonymous with quality and brand name recognition by
consumers, chefs, and food professionals the world over. We are the brands that
people ask for in specialty cheese cases, including Montrachet, Alouette and
the best-known goat cheese in America, Chavrie. With manufacturing plants
across the world, BC-USA produces specialty cheeses across the United States
including Fleur de Lait East in New Holland, Pennsylvania; Kolb Lena Cheese
Co. in Lena, Illinois; and Fleur de Lait West in City of Industry, California,
where the Smithfield brand is produced and all production is certified rBST-free.

Source: Bongrain Cheese USA