3/14/11 – In their sixth annual awards presentation, The Dairy Business Innovation Center (DBIC) has awarded Montchevré with a “DIBC Innovation Zone Award” to highlight its accomplishments in product and technology innovation.
President Arnaud Solandt and Cheesemaker Jean Rossard accepted the DBIC Innovation Zone Award on behalf of their team at Montchevré, which has grown significantly in the last decade to become the largest goat cheese producer in the United States. Today, Montchevré processes 50 million pounds of goats’ milk from 300 farms. And, last fall, the company installed an anaerobic digester to utilize cheese plant waste to create bio-gas used to generate electricity.
“We are proud to be at the point where instead of just discarding our whey, we now capture it as a byproduct, transfer it to make power, and produce cheese,” Rossard said. “We’ve come full circle.”
Dan Carter, DBIC Founder and Chairman, said, “Wisconsin is proud to be home to some of the best cheesemakers in the nation. It is a thrill to be in this room tonight to recognize that the future of America’s Dairyland is bright.”anaerobic digester | awards | green energy | innovation