Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and Giant Heirloom Market locations will offer Troegenator Beer Cheese, crafted by Caputo Brothers Creamery with fresh milk from small Pennsylvania dairy farms and a brew from Tröegs Independent Brewing.
Giant worked with Caputo Brothers Creamery of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, and Tröegs of Hershey, Pennsylvania, to produce Troegenator Beer Cheese, available for a limited time only, helping to keep the barn doors open at two Pennsylvania dairies on the verge of closing.
One of the most important parts of the Commonwealth’s agriculture economy, dairy farming supports 52,000 jobs and contributes $14.7 billion to the state’s economy. However, challenging market conditions have created a serious threat to the livelihood of many dairy farmers. According to the USDA, Pennsylvania lost 370 dairy farms in 2018.
“Our new partnership with Caputo Brothers and Tröegs is more than just about the product; it’s an opportunity to support Pennsylvania growers and producers as part of the overall economic engine of our local communities,” said John Ruane, chief merchandising officer, Giant Food Stores. “For more than 95 years, Giant has had a deep heritage of sourcing locally grown and produced products for our customers. We’re proud to take that commitment to the next level with helping to develop Troegenator Beer Cheese, the ultimate example of local collaboration.”
“We pride ourselves not only making cheese that tastes good, but also does good,” said Rynn Caputo, president, Caputo Brothers Creamery. “The fact that the Troegenator Beer Cheese is helping Pennsylvania dairies find new paths to success is really exciting and unique, and we couldn’t be more honored to work with Giant and Tröegs to do so.”
“We’re central Pennsylvania natives, and using local ingredients has been important to us for a long time,” says Tröegs Brewmaster and founding brother John Trogner. “Our collaboration with Caputo Brothers and Giant is about creating connections among Pennsylvania makers and helping farmers find sustainable ways to survive and thrive. We’re proud to be a part of it.”
Founded in Pennsylvania in 2011, Caputo Brothers Creamery is focused on revolutionizing the mozzarella industry while providing a sustainable partnership for local dairy farms. To date, the creamery has saved two dairy farms with the goal of saving additional farms as they grow. Since 2018, the creamery has worked with Giant to develop in-store mozzarella and cannoli bars as well as the creation of a new “gouda-style” cheese with Troegs Brewery.
Founded in Pennsylvania in 1996, Tröegs Independent Brewing is known for beers. The brewery buys about 25,000 lbs. of local honey every year. Tröegs also sources local produce including pumpkins, cherries, peaches, nectarines and strawberries. This year, the brewery sourced 100,000 lbs. of Pennsylvania-grown barley for its new LolliHop Double IPA and Field Study IPA.
Founded in 1923, Giant serves families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than 32,000 associates at its 181 stores, 132 pharmacies, 102 fuel stations and more than 100 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery services. Giant is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA.