Hilmar Cheese Company is the largest producer of natural American-style cheese and whey products in the world. Free self-guided tours are available any time the visitors center is open.
You can go upstairs and look out at the factory through viewing windows and watch the employees manufacture the cheese. In the visitors center, you can sample Hilmar cheese and try the hands-on exhibits that teach you how cheese is made.
If you are still hungry after sampling cheese there is the Deli Cafe serving sandwiches, pizza, and cheese pie.
Hilmar Cheese Company can also offer school tours along with family and group tours where guests get to make their very own flavor.
Hilmar Cheese Company Factory Tours are available any time. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The upstairs exhibit area may be closed Saturday or Sunday after 11:30 a.m. for private events.
Hilmar Cheese Company was founded in 1984 and began production in 1985. The factory processes more than 19 million pounds of milk (8.6 million liters) of milk each day received from more than 245 dairies and 160,000 cows. Produces more than 2.3 million pounds (more than 1043 metric tons) of cheese.
The cheese company makes Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Colby, Colby-Jack, flavored Jacks, Mozzarella and Hispanic cheeses for use in food service, ingredients, retail and the restaurant/fast food trade.
Hilmar Cheese Company 9001 Lander Avenue Hilmar, California 95324 USA (209) 667-6076
Driving directions From Highway 99 at Turlock, go south on Lander Avenue (Highway 165) four miles and look for the Visitor Center on the right. From I-5, go North on Highway 165 through Los Banos proceeding 35 miles to Hilmar.