Indiana’s Tulip Tree Creamery receives DBIA grant

Indianapolis, Indiana based Tulip Tree Creamery, is using a recent Dairy Business Innovation Alliance grant to expand its operations.

Co-owner and CEO Fons Smits says the $74,000 grant will be used to install a cheese cutting and packing line.

“Right now, our capacity is very limited. We make some really good artisan hard aged cheeses, but we can only we all cut it now by hand and package it by hand,” he says. “That means that we can only supply it to the local farmers markets here in Indianapolis.”

He tells Brownfield it complements last year’s grant.

“We were focused on increasing our capacity for making aged cheeses and developing new aged cheeses, so this is a perfect addition to what we did at that time and we hope to have everything finished before the end of the year,” he says.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) has awarded 41 grants totaling nearly $4 million to dairy-related operations across the Midwest.

AUDIO: Fons Smits, Co-owner and CEO of Tulip Tree Creamery

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