TWIN FALLS -- Visitors to downtown Twin Falls will have a new stop to check out starting Friday. Glanbia Foods is expanding their Magic Valley operations to include a retail shop that sells local cheese.
Store manager Brenda Felton has been a Glanbia employee for four days, making her the newest of more than 700 Glanbia employees in Idaho.
Glanbia is known around town for its headquarters and factory, but you can't just go to the supermarket to pick up Glanbia cheese
"People ask us so many times, 'Where can I get that Glanbia product?' Well, we are the largest American-style cheese manufacturer that nobody knows about," said Wilf Costello, executive vice president of commercial for Glanbia Foods.
Glanbia supplies cheese to businesses, meaning they sell companies cheese in quantities like 640-pound blocks. The company views the retail store as a way to reach local consumers, by selling 2-pound blocks of mild and medium cheddar, Monterey Jack, colby, and pepper jack cheeses, as well as cheese curds.
"It's kind of cool that we can sell it in the area it was produced and have a label people recognize," said Felton. The company uses milk from local dairies and the cheese is processed in the area.
Costello also wants people to take advantage of learning about cheese, "We have a little place for education, whether it's a scout troop, guides, preschool group that wants to know where the milk comes from - how it gets to cheese."
"A friend of mine was talking and she said that would be so great for my 4H kids who had a dairy animal," said Felton. "They can see what happens when their dairy animal has milk, where does it go to from there? I think it's a really great teaching opportunity,"
The Cheese Marketplace is located at 131 Main Ave East and will be open Tuesday-Saturday.