Gossner Foods - Vino Pair Cheesemaker Index
About Gossner Foods
In 1966 Edwin Gossner and his family began anew by starting Gossner Foods. Again the focus was placed on making Swiss cheese. They started with a half vat of milk (12,500 lbs.) every other day and Ed was quoted as saying that he would be happy if he could make up to two vats (50,000 lbs.) every other day. Today, over 25 years later, Gossner Foods uses over a half million pounds of milk a day for cheese production. In 1967 Gossners began packaging a line of cheeses starting with Swiss, Cheddar and Monterey Jack. Eventually Muenster and others were added so that in time over 30 varieties carried the Gossner name. Edwin Gossner had his eye on the future. In 1973 he helped establish Swiss Village, a cheese manufacturing plant in Nampa, Idaho and in 1982 he brought out a new fluid milk product that utilized ultra high temperature packaging technology. Rather than compete with the existing Grade A milk market this new technology allowed Gossners to open up new marketing avenues. Gossner Milk can be kept unrefrigerated at room temperature for months and as such has proved to be highly desirable to the military community and others. Today, Gossner Milk travels all over the world with our troops, and it is sold in places as diverse as Puerto Rico and Panama where milk supplies and refrigeration are limited. The mainstay of Gossner Foods continues to be Swiss cheese. It is made using the same formula that Edwin Gossner developed years ago. The Gossner Swiss cheese is a specialty cheese that has a milder flavor and softer body than other Swiss cheeses, yet it remains distinctly Swiss. Gossner Foods now utilizes state-of-the-art equipment for aseptic packaging and cheesemaking and is currently exploring new ideas to expand its product line. When Edwin Gossner died in 1987 he left behind as part of his legacy a well-oiled machine that consisted of a corps of caring, knowledgeable, and well-trained employees. It is duly noted that were it not for these dedicated people Gossner Foods would not be what it is today, a successful family business. Three of the original four members of the Gossner family that came to the Valley in 1941 are no longer with us. During their lifetimes, Edwin, Josephine, and Edwin Jr. were greatly respected in the community and received numerous civic awards in recognition of their involvement and contributions. That tradition of service to the community continues to this day at Gossner's.