Vendor Spotlight: Milano’s


Experts in custom blending, grating, shredding, and packing Italian hard cheeses

Milano’s is one of the largest producers of shredded, shaved, and grated Italian Hard Cheeses in the world. They are also the largest manufacturing facility & the only woman-owned Italian-only hard cheese company in the U.S. Their expertise is in custom blending cheeses, and the art of grating, shredding, and packing imported and domestic Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheeses. They have operated as a family owned business for over 35 years – with the current generation having a combined 60 years of experience. This consistency ensures high quality products, innovative new solutions, and customer partnerships to assure manufacturing processes are efficient and finished products meet expectations.

They have mastered how to create the perfect blend of cheeses to meet both quality and price. Milano’s grated, shredded and shaved products include:

- Imported and Domestic Parmesan, Romano & Asiago
- 50/50 Blends and 3 Cheese Blends
- Specialty Blends including Milano’s White Truffle Infused Parmesan and Milano’s Sriracha Parmesan
- Spice Blends including Milano’s Grated Parmesan & Romano with Italian Spices and Herbs, Milano’s Grated Parmesan Italian Sapore Blend and Milano’s Grated Parmesan Jalapeno Blend
- Milano’s Chef Blend (created for chefs looking for a cheese great for sautéing, frying, or creating sauces)
- Milano’s Riserva (their very own branded wheel, imported from Italy & made of cow’s milk)

Their innovations go beyond blending different cheeses to also adding spices. Some of Milano’s recent successes are their White Truffle Infused Parmesan, Sriracha Parmesan and Parmesan Crisps. In the past year they were also approved as a provider of organic and kosher cheeses.

Milano’s customer partnerships range from innovating new product concepts to consulting on production challenges. A good example of this came with a long-time customer that needed a dried cheese for their product, but the cheese clogged their in-house packaging machines. The Milano’s team inspected the plants and discovered the customer was storing the cheese at a temperature higher than recommended – and the machines also ran hot. Milano’s solution was to provide a cheese chilled to 34 degrees. This prevented the cheese from sticking in the equipment, & increased the speed of production.

Milano’s recently installed a brand new state-of-the-art, high capacity fluid bed dryer which allows their facility to produce triple the dry grated cheese in the same amount of time, with the added benefit of a higher-quality product that continues to meet or exceed their customers certifications. This investment gives Milano’s a clear advantage over their competitors.

Their 75,000 sq ft facility is HACCP approved, demonstrating their dedication to quality. They have also passed the stringent requirements of several third party audits with consistently high ratings. From raw materials to finished goods, their products are tracked, monitored and tested for optimum food safety and quality. Microbiological testing is performed on all incoming as well as outgoing products. Milano’s highly trained quality assurance staff ensures that products are produced safely and to specifications. This includes product technicians monitoring all the production lines and performing sensory analysis, weight measurements and metal detection. Certifications include:

- SQF 2000, Level 3
- Department of Defense
- US Military Armed Forces Procurement
- OU-D + Ko Kosher Certified
- Organic Certified
- Silliker Good Manufacturing Practices Audit
- European Union

Call Burley Foods at (952) 943-1970 for more information, to request samples or schedule a demonstration.

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