Idaho cheese to be sold in Walmart stores starting this week
Cheese has become Idaho's number one cash-earning agriculture product, and the state is now the nation's third largest cheese producer. The fact goes unnoticed many times because the majority of the product goes to retaurants or food companies that label the cheese with their own brand. But that may change soon, with the introduction of Idaho brand cheese at Walmart stores.
“This project has been in the works for a long time” said Leah Clark, manager of the Idaho Preferred program. “Walmart has been a strong supporter of local products and the Idaho Preferred program. They were very persistent in their efforts to encourage Idaho cheese companies to find a way to identify local cheese in their stores.”
The Idaho cheese varieties, including mild and medium cheddars, Monterey jack, Colby jack, pepper jack and mozzarella, will be provided by Nelson-Ricks Creamery, a small, family owned cheese company located near Rexburg.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Idahoans to pick up a piece of cheese and easily see that its source was an Idaho dairy. Glanbia doesn’t have its own brand but is providing cheese to this program so it’s a way for people to buy local,” said Jeff Williams, CEO and president of Glanbia Foods. All the cheese varieties will be labeled with a distinctive Idaho Cheese label.