On Oct. 29, 2010, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) acquired Houston, Texas-based Castro Cheese Company, Inc. With the acquisition of a highly respected Hispanic cheese brand, DFA is entering the rapidly growing and diverse ethnic dairy product category.

Castro Cheese owns the La Vaquita brand product line, which includes artisanal cheeses commonly used in Hispanic dishes. La Vaquita, the second largest Hispanic cheese brand in the nation, is available at popular retailers such as H.E.B., Walmart, Fiesta Mart, Kroger and Costco.

The acquisition aligns with DFA’s overall growth strategy of expanding its commercial businesses and brands portfolio for Global Dairy Products Group (GDPG). Castro Cheese will become a wholly owned subsidiary of DFA and will operate as a separate business unit within the GDPG Consumer Brands Division. PD


—From DFA Today