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Sorrento Lactalis


Sorrento Lactalis

Sorrento Lactalis is one of the largest cheese companies in America, owned by the world's second largest dairy products company Lactalis, based in France.


  • History 1
  • Rebranding 2
  • Company structure 3
  • Environmental pollution 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The business was founded as Sorrento Cheese Company in 1947, in Buffalo, New York by Louis Russo, an immigrant from Sorrento, Italy. The company was acquired by the French company Groupe Lactalis in 1992. Now a subsidiary of Lactalis, the company still has its headquarters in Buffalo. Sorrento's sister company, Lactalis USA, is headquartered in New York City.

Sorrento manufactures mozzarella, ricotta, provolone and other Italian-style cheeses at plants in California, Idaho and New York, and sells them to retailers and food service companies. Its retail brand names are Président, Sorrento and Precious.


Its branding is in the process of being absorbed into the Galbani brand which is also part of the Lactalis Group.[1] On September 6, 2013, it was announced in the Buffalo News, that the "Sorrento Cheese name ages out as owner rebrands product as Galbani."[2]

Company structure

Estimated annual sales are total $177.3 million and the company has about 600 employees.[3]

Sorrento is a corporate sponsor of Italian street festivals in several cities around the United States.

Environmental pollution

Sorrento Lactilis Inc. was fined $315,000 by the Justice Department for exceeding the allowable pollutant discharge limits from its Nampa, Idaho factory into Mason Creek, a tributary of the Boise River. Sorrento's pollutant discharge levels violated the terms of their wastewater permit between 2005 and 2008. In assessing the financial penalty, the DOJ noted that in addition to exceeding permitted pollutant discharge levels, Sorrento repeatedly failed to properly self-monitor and make timely reports of excess pollutant levels.[4]

See also


  1. ^ About Sorrento & Galbani Cheese Sorrento website Acquired 8-19-2013.
  2. ^ "Sorrento Cheese name ages out as owner rebrands product as Galbani". 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Cheese Maker to Pay $315K for Polluting Creek in Idaho -- Environmental Protection". 

External links

  • Sorrento Cheese
  • Hoover's fact sheet on Sorrento Lactalis, Inc.
  • Lactalis Food Service
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