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Cheese companies join to create Mosaic Meadows

posted: July 02. 2018 08:00a CST

Three award-winning cheese companies — Wisconsin-based LaClare Family Creamery and Saxon Creamery, along with Verona, Pa.-based Lamagna Cheese Co. — have combined forces to create Mosaic Meadows, a company of family-operated cheese makers.

The merger allows each creamery to further expand its artisanal product lines, while sharing resources in marketing, service and sales capabilities.

“Mosaic Meadows is the perfect name,” said Alex Coenen, the company’s director of business development. “A mosaic is an assembly of small colorful pieces that combine to create a larger work of art.

“Our newly launched cheese-marketing company brings together some of the most-highly awarded, globally recognized cheese artisans in the world — and we want them to continue being leaders in their respective specialties.”

Today, Mosaic serves the country through its national sales force as well as a coast-to-coast broker-and-distribution network.

LaClare Family Creamery and Saxon Creamery recently were named top 20 cheese makers globally at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest. LaClare was honored for its Cave-Aged Chandoka, and Saxon was recognized for Big Ed’s Gouda, Big Ed’s Smokehaus Gouda and Asiago Fresca Cheese.

LaClare Family Creamery traces its roots back to 1978 when Larry and Clara Hedrich started a small goat farm on the outskirts of Chilton in Calumet County. 

The family-operated business has grown to include a processing plant, retail shop and restaurant at its current location in the Fond du Lac County town of Malone. The creamery has received numerous national and international awards for its innovative and savory products.

Saxon Creamery, founded in 2007 in the Manitowoc County town of Cleveland, produces handcrafted artisan cheeses from quality ingredients, starting with locally sourced fresh cow milk. 

Lamagna Cheese began in 1928 when the family of John Lamagna immigrated to Pennsylvania from Italy. The Lamagnas brought with them closely held family recipes for Italian-style cheeses, with their renowned Ricotta leading the way. 

Ninety years — and three generations — later, the family’s focus on time-tested, quality production remains. Lamagna’s credo is “Three Simple Ingredients,” as it continues making Ricotta using nothing but milk, vinegar and salt.

“Whether it’s goat- or cow-milk cheeses, each of our creameries is united by a commitment to top-quality ingredients and proprietary recipes,” Coenen said.

Cheeses from LaClare and Saxon were showcased within the last month at the International Deli, Dairy and Bakery Show in New Orleans, as well as the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

For more information about the businesses involved in the merger, visit www.laclarefamilycreamery.com, www.saxoncreamery.com or www.lamagnacheese.com.

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Submitted photo - Saxon Creamery in Cleveland, Wis., is one of three award-winning cheese companies that joined forces to create Mosaic Meadows.
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