Who We Are

"MAKING CHEESE WORK FOR YOU SINCE 1899"

We Are Welcome

Our 120+ Year History

We've been around a long time and it didn't happen by accident. Our employees, customers, and suppliers are some of the greatest in the world, and we are thankful for those relationships every day.

As with most businesses, we weren't always perfect, but we worked hard, invested in our people and our facilities, and grew into markets that made sense. Over the years, we've attracted and retained some of the brightest minds in the industry and learned a thing or two about how to make world class dairy and non-dairy products.

If you've been watching us for awhile or are new to our name, we're excited to get to know you, grow with your business, and create a lasting partnership. We are Welcome and we're glad you're here.

1899

Welcome Dairy is established as a natural cheese manufacturing co-op.

1953

The Eggebrecht family acquires Welcome Dairy, the Colby, WI plant, and 50+ years of cheese manufacturing expertise.

1966

Welcome Dairy establishes our own brand.

1984

Welcome enters the process cheese category, coins the name “functional cheese”, and invests in its first functional cheese production line.

1993

Welcome exits the natural cheese business to focus on functional cheese.

1997

Welcome adds second functional cheese production line.
Welcome builds cold storage facility in Unity, WI with store capacity of approximately 8-million pounds.

1998

Welcome partners with Gamay Food Ingredients to produce and package liquid cheese pouch products.

1999

Following extensive research and development, Welcome and Gamay begin liquid cheese pouch sales and win the packaged dinner business of a major grocery chain.

2005

Welcome completes expansion project to double plant capacity in Colby, adding its 3rd and 4th lines.

2012

Welcome undergoes second major expansion again doubling production and storage capacity.

2014

Welcome and Gamay introduce Single Serve Dipping Cups and Food Service pouches for dairy-based dips/sauces and dipping cups for school lunch program serving as springboard for new cup business.

2015

Welcome completes 10,000 sq. ft. office renovation and addition.

2016

Welcome acquires Gamay after nearly two decades of partnering as independent companies.

2018

Welcome adds lines 7 and 8 with the capacity for a 9th line during a 62,000 sq. ft. expansion to the Colby plant.
Welcome launches branded foodservice offerings.

2019

Boston, MA based New Heritage Capital invests in Welcome and Gamay to enhance future growth potential of both companies.