Our History

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Rooted in Tradition

Know that when you choose Fancy Brand cheese, you’re getting over 100 years of cheese-making expertise that your customers are sure to taste.

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A SOLID FOUNDATION

Burnett Dairy Cooperative has its roots in the Branstad and Wood River creameries located in northwest Wisconsin, which boast a long tradition of serving dairy producers. The Branstad Creamery was the third creamery in Burnett County and started operations in May 1897. The Wood River Creamery (originally called Wood Lake Creamery) was started in June 1896. Today Burnett Dairy Cooperative still uses the Fancy brand created by Wood River Creamery.

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A NEW VENTURE

In the 1960s, the creameries decided to merge and begin the more profitable venture of creating cheese. They focused on Mozzarella in particular. In 1966, the two creameries were closed and Burnett Dairy Cooperative was formed at the Alpha location (named after its Alpha De Laval cream separator). The facility was converted to cheese manufacturing with the assistance of a $25,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin.

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A SOLID FOUNDATION

Honored with many worldwide, national and statewide awards, Burnett Dairy Cooperative continues to produce high quality cheese products. In addition to producing and selling award-winning cheese, our 200 employees also work hard to provide the latest crop, feed, fuel and animal health services to our farmers.