WI Agricultural Education Center gets donation from Sargento

Wisconsin State Farmer


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Sargento Foods, Inc. has announced they will support the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in Manitowoc County.

The state-of-the-art education center will provide visitors with an opportunity to better understand agriculture along with highlighting the importance of the dairy and cheese industries within Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin and cheese go hand in hand; through the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center, visitors will be able to understand how much of an impact Wisconsin has in the cheese industry on a state and national level,"  said Louie Gentine, Sargento Foods Inc. chief executive officer. “Sargento is thrilled to be involved in an agricultural attraction coming to our own backyard.”

The restaurant at the center will be named “Wisconsin Café presented by Sargento” in recognition of the partnership. The restaurant will be offer a variety of deli sandwiches, wraps, and soups for visitors to the center. To further celebrate our partnership, a Sargento signature sandwich will be featured on the café’s menu.

John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association said, “With the support of Sargento we are hoping to see other cheese companies come forward to unite and help educate visitors about this important industry within the state of Wisconsin.”

“Having a family-owned local business such as Sargento Foods Inc. be involved with WAEC is an important addition to our list of top, local supporters," said Nic Schoenberger, WAEC board vice president. “Sargento Foods’ history within the cheese industry is a proud success story and showcases a passion that aligns with WAEC’s mission."

Sargento Foods Inc. has demonstrated its passion for cheese and cheese-based meal solutions for more than 60 years. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Sargento is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients, sauces and other culinary solutions. Sargento is owned and operated by the Gentine family, has net sales exceeding $1 billion and more than 1,800 employees. For more information, visit www.sargento.com.

The Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center will be state-of-the-art agricultural education center, located in Manitowoc County, will provide visitors with the opportunity to connect to the industry by better understanding of where their food comes from and why agriculture is important to them. The center will include a discovery center that features hands-on learning opportunities through many displays and an opportunity to tour Grotegut Dairy Farm. The farm focuses on sustainability and best farming practices while milking 2,400 cows three times a day. A highlight for visitors will be the chance to view the birth of calves from the Grotegut Dairy Farm at the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in the Birthing Barn.