The passion for cheese runs deep in the Rupp family. And it is now in its third generation.
The company founder, Josef Rupp, was already producing cheese on his own at the age of thirteen. He used the money he earned to pay tuition for the Swiss dairy school he attended. It was a good investment.
In 1908 he was the first person in Austria to start manufacturing Emmental cheese following the Swiss recipe. By the 1920s he was already exporting his wheels of Emmental cheese to Italy, Belgium, North Africa and America. The introduction of processed cheese in the mid-1930s led the expansion of both the family owned company and export sales.
It was in the 1950s that the groundwork for today´s thriving business was laid. Josef Rupp II smoothed the way for „Enzian Käsle“ and other processed cheese specialties to become the successful brands we know today. His wife, Gertrud Rupp, pursued the same progressive ambitions by making decisions that were as bold as they were prudent.
Today, it is the third generation of the enterprising family that shares the responsibility for a company with worldwide connections and a passion for cheese.
- 1908Established by Josef Rupp I
- 1930 Exports of natural cheese to the USA commences
- 1935 Production of processed cheese commences
- 1950 "Vac-Pac", the first vacuum packaging for natural cheese in Austria.
Processed cheese in sausages
- 1966 Gervais Käsle is introduced in Austria
- 1972 Production of sliced cheese commences
- 1980 Easy Opening for triangles of processed cheese
- 1981 Fully air-conditioned maturing process and storage of alpine cheese
- 1983 Take-over of the Alpenhof cheese factory in the Federal Republic of Germany
- 1992 JV Schreiber & Rupp established
- 1993 Strategic alliance with the Bergader private cheese dairy
- 1994 Certification of the quality management system according to ISO 9001
- 1995 Marketing partnership with Baars Kaas NL. Introduction of a new packaging concept for processed cheese – “Mini Mooh”
- 1997 Josef Rupp cheese rambling path opens
- 1998 Cooperation with the M+V company and its members commences New building „Rupp Cheese Innovation“ (formerly "Alpenhof") "Strip Cheese" – new snack products
- 2000 Installation of a fully-automatic natural cheese packaging line for alpine cheese and Emmental cheese Packaging innovation for slices of processed cheese Slice on Slice in the airtight box Change of generation, Rupp Holding AG. New building and expansion of capacity of the Schreiber & Rupp GesmbH
- 2008 New building of the production facility in Hörbranz Rupp buys cooperative Alma 100 years of Rupp
- 2010 JV Schreiber & Rupp established
- 2016 Foundation Schreiber & Rupp MEA
Key dates in our history:
Schreiber Foods has grown from a single production facility in Green Bay, Wis., to a $4.5+ billion global enterprise and the world’s largest employee owned dairy company.
We're a global company with production and distribution facilities in Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay. Our Home Office is in Green Bay, Wis., and we have sales partners located around the world.
Our facilities are strategically located across the globe so we can quickly respond to our customers’ needs. In the United States, for example, our distribution centers are positioned so we can ship anywhere in the continental U.S. within one day.
- 1945Company founded.
- 1962 L.D. Schreiber Cheese Co. incorporates with the purchase of company stock by 13 employees.
- 1967 The company begins production of individually wrapped singles.
- 1968 For the first time, the company offers employees other than the original 13 owners the opportunity to purchase company stock.
- 1973 Our in-house design center is created, offering design solutions for customer labels and packaging.
- 1980 L.D. Schreiber Cheese Co. becomes Schreiber Foods.
- 1988 Schreiber sets the standard by changing its service goals to “exact shipment” from “plus or minus 10 percent,” which was typical of the industry.
- 1993 Annual sales surpass $1 billion.
- 1994 Schreiber builds the CAPRI plant in Clinton, Mo., providing the company with a high-quality, reliable source for its printed packaging materials.
- 1999 The Logan plant sets a new industry safety record. The company creates its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
- 2001 Annual sales surpass $2 billion.
- 2002 Enters the cream cheese market with the acquisition of the largest customer brand cream cheese maker.
- 2005 Enters the yogurt market, further diversifying its dairy product selection. Enters production of string cheese. Achieves goal of strategically locating distribution centers within one day delivery range of all continental U.S. customers.
- 2006 Enters into a joint venture in China.
- 2008 Annual sales surpass $4 billion.
- 2010 Acquires production facility in Uruguay. Expands European presence with a joint venture in Austria.
- 2011 Acquires customer-brand yogurt business from Dean Foods.
- 1992 Foundation of a Joint Venture for Foodservice (Processed cheese products for Fastfood-Chains) in Hergatz/Germany, which lasted 13 years.
- 2000 Move to Wangen
- 2005 Rupp sold shares to Schreiber Foods
- 2010 Foundation of a Joint Venture for the Retail-Market, Schreiber and Rupp force their strengths to become one of the leading manufacturers in Europe for Private Label processed cheese products.
- 2012 Acquisition of the processed cheese plant in Lindenberg from Bayernland eG Foundation of S & R Lindenberg Produktions GmbH
- 2016 Foundation Schreiber & Rupp MEA