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Our popular Emmental, Mondseer and Bergkäse cheeses are also available as slices in resealable packaging.

Extremely practical, made from the best hay milk and with an excellent taste.

Passion for the best hay milk cheese
in harmony with nature.

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„The secret of
the best cheese
we hand over
from generation to generation!”

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Gerhard Woerle, cheese maker

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“Connected to nature.
Committed To Purity.
For the love of cheese. “

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Johann Baptist Woerle

Woerle expands production and storage capacity at its headquarters in Henndorf: Extension of cheese melting plant, construction of high-bay refrigerated warehouse, packaging line for natural cheese slices

The increasing demand for Woerle cheese specialities requires additional production and storage capacity. This is why our company premises in Henndorf in Salzburg’s Flachgau region are being expanded from 3 to 5 hectares. The aim of the expansion is to bundle the flow of our entire production process, which we have had to decentralize more and more over the past 20 years due to the strong growth in the past 20 years, at one location again, to strengthen our innovative power and to further anchor the company in the region.

With this expansion, however, we are not only creating synergies and optimizing our production processes. In keeping with the concept of sustainability, we also pay particular attention to environmentally friendly aspects and the implementation of the highest standards of hygiene during construction. We are reducing our CO2 footprint because the approximately 5,000 truck journeys between the individual warehouses and the main plant that have been necessary to date will be eliminated from autumn 2019.

The expansion will create an additional 20 to 25 jobs at the site, which once again underlines our role as an important employer in the region and a strong and reliable partner for our farmers.

An expansion on this scale is associated with not inconsiderable investments. We are therefore pleased about the support of our project within the framework of the Austrian programme for Rural Development 2014-2020 by the Federal Government, the Province of Salzburg and the European Union.

With the support of the federal, state and European Union

Expansion at the company location in Henndorf: WOERLE cheese dairy builds a cheese warehouse as well as a laboratory and workshop wing

After the construction of the new high-bay warehouse for raw and finished goods, the expansion of the production area for the cheese melting plant and cheese packaging, including the acquisition of a cheese washing plant and a slicing plant, this building project is the last of the 5-year modernization and expansion program of the WOERLE cheese dairy. With this building project we react to the changed market requirements and increased demand.

The aim of the amalgamation is to optimize production and storage processes, to increase competitiveness by doubling current production capacity and through more efficient production and ripening methods, and ultimately to strengthen the site.

The new ripening warehouse now combines the Henndorf production site and the previous Oberhofen site, where the mountain cheese was stored for surface ripening. The construction of the new ripening warehouse will increase the ripening capacity.

The previous quality management and laboratory area dates back to the 1980s and has long since reached its spatial limits due to the increased production volume. The new laboratory and QA area has been designed according to the latest standards and has also been expanded to include a DANN pathogen laboratory, while the storage areas for retained samples and storage tests have been significantly enlarged.

The previous quality management and laboratory area dates back to the 1980s and has long since reached its spatial limits due to the increased production volume. The new laboratory and QA area has been designed according to the latest standards and has also been expanded to include a DANN pathogen laboratory, while the storage areas for retained samples and storage tests have been significantly enlarged.

Innovation content: A new, innovative form for raw cheese (new varieties) is currently being developed with the aim of guaranteeing the same high-quality taste compared to existing cheese specialties, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of production and ripening methods.

Impact on quality, traceability, hygiene, degree of refinement: full automation in the ripening and maintenance area in the new ripening warehouse offers greater product safety thanks to closed systems, ventilation and optimized temperature control. The new laboratory equipment allows closer monitoring in terms of hygiene and product quality and shortens analysis periods and response times.

Impact on own capacity utilization in relation to regional demand: Maximum production and ripening capacities have now been reached. The current milk supply volume is currently higher than production capacity. The expansion of the ripening and care rooms will lead to a doubling of capacities and the processing of the delivery volume will be guaranteed at one location. At the Henndorf site, the radius of the milk catchment area is max. 50 km as the crow flies. The added value within the region and the regional indications of origin “Salzburger Land” and “Mondseeland” are highly appreciated by the end customer.

Impact on the environment, animal welfare and resource consumption: Due to the defined radius of the milk catchment area (max. 50 km) and the saved truck journeys, approx. 5 tons of CO2e can currently be saved. Ripening losses are reduced by the use of the new ripening and maintenance facilities. The planned whey filtration and thickening will feed the separated water into the purification cycle, thus saving about 20% fresh water. Truck shipping transports of the whey will be reduced by about 2/3, which corresponds to a CO2 saving of about 255 tons.

Impact on jobs and working conditions: Overall, the need for well-trained workers increases, because on the one hand the production volume is increased, and on the other hand, higher-skilled workers are hired in the area of control and plant management due to automation. Due to the high level of technical support, these jobs are particularly attractive for women. Additional apprenticeships are being created.

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