Business Profile
  • South Central Wisconsin
  • December 2013
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Westby Cooperative Creamery’s Cheese Store and Gift Shop

Westby Cooperative Creamery is one of the longest-established cooperatives in the state of Wisconsin, celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2013. In 1903, 300 Vernon County farmers formed the cooperative with a ten-dollar investment from each. Today, the cooperative is owned by about 170 local dairy farm families, called “patrons,” many of whom are third or fourth generation owners of their family farms.

These patrons annually ship over 125 million pounds of milk from their farms to Westby Cooperative Creamery’s manufacturing facility in Westby, Wis. This milk is either conventional or certified organic, and all is rBST-free. At the facility, over 25 million pounds of cultured dairy food products — cottage cheeses, sour creams, dairy dips, yogurts — and cheese curds, cream cheeses, hard cheeses and more — are produced each year.

Most people are surprised to learn that Westby Cooperative Creamery is the only manufacturer of cottage cheeses in the state of Wisconsin. As such, they manufacture this product, and many others, under their retail Westby brand as well as under the consumer brands of many other companies. This is called “private label manufacturing,” and it represents about half of the cooperative’s product manufacturing capacity.

Products like dry curd cottage cheeses, sour creams and yogurts are also produced as ingredients for use in the production of other foods by other manufacturers. Products made by the cooperative can be found in school cafeterias, hospitals and restaurants. You’ll find Westby brand products in local grocery stores across Wisconsin and in surrounding states.

All products are healthful dairy foods, and many are low-fat or fat-free, and satisfy the body’s basic nutritional needs for protein and calcium. As the patrons like to say, “Take home country goodness from the local family dairy farms of Westby Cooperative Creamery.”

It is the mission of Westby Cooperative Creamery to support and strengthen local family dairy farms by providing a stable and competitive market for the milk of the patron-member-owners, good jobs for the cooperative’s employees and economic strength for the community. It is also the cooperative’s mission to manufacture healthful and award-winning dairy food products. They are succeeding in this mission, as the business topped $50 million in revenues during fiscal year 2012.

Westby Cooperative Creamery, which employs over 130 people, is located in Westby, Wis., about 25 miles southeast of La Crosse. Westby Cooperative Creamery’s manufacturing facility is located in downtown Westby, along with a cheese store that includes a gift shop. The new general offices and distribution center are located off highway 14/61 on the northwest side of town. To learn more, please visit


Westby Cooperative Creamery’s Cheese Store and Gift Shop 

401 S. Main Street, Westby • 608-634-3181 or 800-492-9282

Open 7 days a week 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please stop by for a visit!

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