ABOUT PINE RIVER
WISCONSIN'S RICH RESOURCES
We take pride in the quality of the cheese spreads and chocolates we manufacture and of our standout customer service. Our team of talented employees is integral to our continued success. Having the rich resources of Wisconsin's dairy products right in our backyard help create our award-winning products. Our plant is nestled in a hilly landscape, dotted with dairy farms, near the Lake Michigan shore. It is truly special being rooted here in America’s Dairyland.
ABOUT OUR CHEESE SPREAD
We combine more than five generations of experience in the cheese business with today’s precision processing techniques to make our cheese spreads. In 2011, we built a new, Safe Quality Food (SQF)-certified facility that doubled our production capacity with two state-of-the-art cutters that assure standout flavor and texture. Our dedicated cheesemakers skillfully craft our cheese spreads, creating perfection in every batch.
Pine River makes three types of cheese spread: Cold Pack, Clean Label Cold Pack and Gourmet Snack Spread. They are distinguished by the method of mixing and ingredients. All are packaged fresh in durable poly tubs with high-speed filling, sealing and labeling machines. Containers range from consumer sizes for home use (5 to 32 ounce tubs) to institutional portions for restaurant and deli use (5, 10, 24 or 30 pound buckets). Traditional stoneware cheese spread crocks are also available.
COLD PACK CHEESE FOOD
Cold Pack is made by blending cuts of Grade A, Wisconsin State Brand, Natural Cheddar, aged nine months, with cream and other dairy ingredients until a smooth texture is achieved. Herbs, spices or nuts are added to create our award-winning flavors. Cold Pack Cheese Food, the official name, signifies that the product is made without the aid of heat. It remains as similar as possible to natural cuts of cheese but with the advantage of being in a convenient spreadable form. It’s a good source of Protein, Calcium, and Phosphorus. Sometimes called Club Cheese, the first Cold Pack was made in the early 20th century. In those early days, it was served in stoneware crocks as an appetizer at supper clubs and taverns in Wisconsin.
CLEAN LABEL COLD PACK CHEESE FOOD
Clean Label Cold Pack Cheese Spreads are created the same way as our traditional Cold Pack spreads, but are made without preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or added hormones. These cheddar-based, cold pack cheese food spreads were the first of its kind on the market, and are cold pressure treated for safety, allowing an extended shelf life of 330 days.
GOURMET CHEESE SNACK SPREAD
Snack Spread is made by blending cuts of Grade A, Wisconsin State Brand, Natural Cheddar and other choice ingredients. A variety of popular flavors are made by adding herbs or spices. In processing, it is heated to destroy active microorganisms. This pasteurization process makes it less sensitive to temperature changes in shipping and storage. It’s perfect for gift baskets and boxes or in situations when constant refrigeration is not possible. Snack Spread contains more moisture, but less fat and calories, than Cold Pack or natural cuts of Cheddar. This gives it a softer consistency so it can be served as a spread, a dip or warmed to create a sauce.