I recently sent an email to AWG Brands, the source of the Best Choice mozzarella cheese, in which I expressed my satisfaction with that cheese. While I was at it, I inquired as to the producer of the cheese, on the chance it might be a name we would recognize. This morning, I received a note from the Sr. National Accounts Manager for Schreiber Foods, the supplier to AWG and many others of the Best Choice brand of mozzarella cheese. Apparently Schreiber Foods, which is based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the largest privately-held cheese company in the world, with over $3B in annual revenues and production facilities in several states in the U.S. The Schreiber name is not likely to ring many bells since the company specializes in private branded (house brand) products with a strong presence in warehouse stores and clubs, military commissaries, drug stores and dollar stores. I found the cheese in a local grocery store that caters primarily to low income people, where low price is an attraction. I saw the mozzarella cheese on sale recently, for just under $3 a pound.
We become so attached to the best brand names in cheeses that it is easy to forget that there are lower-priced alternatives that are just as good, or close enough to warrant purchase. I personally like the Best Choice mozzarella cheese and deem it to be better than most of the competing brands, national and otherwise, that I have been able to locate in the stores near where I live.