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About Sargento Foods Inc.

Sargento Foods may be the biggest Cheesehead in Wisconsin. The company is one of the largest cheese manufacturers in the US, offering a variety of block cheese and such value-added products as shredded cheese blends and sliced cheeses for sandwiches. Sargento Foods markets its products through supermarkets and other retail grocery stores nationwide. The manufacturer is also a leading supplier of custom cheese products to restaurants and other food service operators; its food ingredients division makes cheese items for other food manufacturers. The company makes its products in its four Wisconsin facilities. family-owned business was started in 1953 by Leonard Gentine Sr. and his business partner Joseph Sartori.

Financial Performance

Sargento reports annual sales in excess of $1 billion.


Sargento has been looking to new products to drive growth. 

The company has found success with new products that complement cheese. For example, its Balanced Breaks refrigerated snack kit, introduced in 2017, drove nearly 30% of the company's growth in 2018. To build on the brand, the company introduced Sunrise Balanced Breaks in 2019. The breakfast replacement product pairs cheese cubes with granola, quinoa, seeds, fruit, and other breakfast-friendly foods.  

Another recent innovation is the company's new Reserve Series shredded cheese product, which features aged natural cheeses such as 18-month aged cheddar and 14-month aged parmesan. 

On the infrastructure front, Sargento is planning an expansion of its corporate headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The expansion will add two new office buildings and bring 300 new jobs.

Sargento Foods Inc.

Plymouth, WI 53073-3544
Phone: 1 (920) 893-8484

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Chm: Louie Gentine
National Customer Business Manager: Jim Larkin
President, Food Ingredients: Marty Rowe
Employees (This Location): 1,000
Employees (All Locations): 2,100

Major Office Locations

Plymouth, WI

Other Locations

Rogers, AR
Eden Prairie, MN
New York, NY
Elkhart Lake, WI
Hilbert, WI
Kiel, WI
Plymouth, WI