Cheese End User

CDR serves as a resource for cheese manufacturers, buyers, brokers, converters, marketers and end customers in industrial, food service and retail channels.We work with both the manufacturer and their customer to achieve the desired cheese flavor, performance, and/or functionality for the chosen application. This is achieved through combinations of various efforts, including troubleshooting, product flavor and performance evaluation, cheese acceptability improvement, new product development, determining the cheese manufacturer best suited to provide the desired cheese, cheese education, or general technical assistance and consultations.


Dean Sommer, Senior Management Team, Cheese & Food Technologist
Dean serves as a technical resource to the industry regarding cheese, whey products and processing. He assists manufacturers as well as their customers by serving as a consultant and educator. Dean is often involved with trouble shooting, public and private company short courses and is able to consult on issues regarding processing and product defects. He has more than 18 years of experience in the industry, having worked at one of the largest cheese and whey product facilities in the U.S. He also has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry as well as a Master’s degree in Food Science. He enjoys the constant challenges and continued learning that comes with working at CDR and is honored to serve the dairy industry, helping producers and manufacturers to provide the world with quality nutrition through dairy products
Phone: 608-265-6469 | Email DSommer@cdr.wisc.edul