photo by Cynthia van Elk

Pennsylvania Cheese Guild programs and events are scheduled throughout the year. They are developed to achieve the goals of the guild: to promote education, quality, food safety, consumer awareness and pride for Pennsylvania made cheeses.

 

Wrapping, Packing and Shipping Workshop

Caputo Brothers Creamery has been kind enough to host our workshop at their cheese facility in Spring Grove, PA.  The date is Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

We will start the day with Stacey Kennedy, ACS CCP from The Farm at Doe Run.  Stacey will share the knowledge she gained during her eight years working for farmstead cheese companies, which includes preparing cheese for shipping. She will showcase how to get your cheeses safely to the end user by using packing supplies and various carriers.  

Stacey will cover the physical packaging and logic behind packing your cheeses for long distance shipments and have them arrive at the correct temperature and undamaged.  She will demonstrate her proven process of packaging cheese by bring a few of Doe Run's cheeses (hard to soft) and shipping supplies. 

By learning how to ship your cheeses without loss could help to open up a new national marketplace for the great cheesemakers of PA!  

Stacey's biggest shipping accomplishment to date: sending Doe Run's cheeses to the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián, Spain for competition.  Two of Doe Run's cheeses were awarded a gold world cheese award.  

Next up will be Caputo Brothers,  not the little ones but Rynn Caputo.  In May of 2016 the guild held one of our Cheesemaker Networking events at Caputo Brothers new facility. 

It was interesting to see how they converted a former automobile dealership into a mixed use space which includes their cheese plant, restaurant and a shop to sell their products.  During our tour we were shown the packaging process and materials they use to ship their cheese as far away as Alaska.  

Rynn willdiscussed how they created the packing process which worked best for their different products.  We will also hear about their negotiations with the shipper to achieve a reasonable shipping rate.. 

We will take a break for a lunch prepared by Caputo Brothers.  If it is half as delicious as the one they served at the networking event you are in for a treat!

After lunch we are excited to have Robert Aguilera of Fromagex to lead us through the world of cheese papers.  Do you have a cheese you are not sure what would be the best way to wrap it to achieve the best environment to keep it at its finest...ask Robert.

To wrap up the workshop we will start a discussion on group purchasing as a guild.  Please bring a list of supplies (including sizes)  you use for your business: corrugated boxes, cooler boxes, cheese papers, containers ......

Ending our day will be a tour of Caputo Brothers Creamery...you don't want to miss the chance to see how Rynn and David transformed a former auto dealership into their multi-use facility.  

 

Location: Caputo Brothers Creamery

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time:  9:30 - 3:30 PM
Where: 245 N Main Street
             Spring Grove, PA

Cost: $50 includes morning snack and lunch