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Oregon's Best 100 Green CompaniesVision:

1: Further awareness of Oregon dairy and American farmstead and artisan cheese makers
2: Sponsor and support programs that increase opportunities for public education and increase awareness of diversity, sustainability, environment and artisan food
3: Develop long term conservation, recycling, renewable green energy and sustainable and organic agriculture programs

 

Mission:

People dedicated to sustainability, service and the art and tradition of creating the world’s finest handmade cheese.

 

 

Values:

Creating a safe, healthy and positive environment for team members, guests and community is at the core of what Rogue Creamery does each day.

 

David GremmelsThe Rogue Team:

The commitment that Rogue Creamery makes to its team members is what sets the company apart and makes them successful. It has been part of the company’s philosophy for the last 80 plus years and will remain so in the future.


David Gremmels is the President of Rogue Creamery. He is a leader in promoting and supporting American cheese, sustainability and organic agriculture. David is the former President and Chairman of the American Cheese Society, and current Ambassadeur, Secretary and Treasurer of the North American Chapter of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers - Confrérie de Saint-Uguzon. In 2006 he received the United Way of Jackson County’s Community Spirit Award. He is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Marketing award from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In 2012 and 2016, David was appointed to The Governor’s Sustainability Board of Oregon. In 2015 he was honored by the Specialty Food Association with the NASFT’s Leadership Award. David has shown leadership internationally and nationally within the specialty food industry and the artisan cheese industry as well as leadership on a local basis within the business community, the regional specialty food industry, and the community at large.

 

Benefits

Rogue Creamery offers a comprehensive benefits package. Medical and dental insurance benefits are available for regular team members who work at least 35 hours per week. In addition all team members are provided with the following –

  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Discount on Store & Mail Order Purchases
  • IRA Retirement Plan
  • Annual Contribution Reward based on Performance and Profitability
  • Personal time off for illness, bereavement and vacations are available to all team members.
  • All team members accrue paid time off and the rates increase over years of service plus the company has seven paid holidays each year.

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Floating Holiday


Programs are also offered to encourage team members to get out and have fun. YMCA – waiver $75 membership fee Reduced membership rates at many local fitness centers

 

Nellie Green

In 2009, Nellie Green programs were incorporated at Rogue Creamery to encourage team members to reduce their carbon footprint by finding green modes of transportation to work. Rogue Creamery offered a bike-to-work program through its Nellie Green Pedal Power Program. For those not in the Pedal Power Program, Rogue Creamery offers another commute to work option, Nellie Commute, where team members commit to using one of a list of options to commute to work at least once a week. A monetary award is provided for those participating in the program. The company has also worked with other local companies to help start similar programs at their businesses.

 

Rogue Creamery’s goal of generating all of its electrical needs by 2021 is on target. In 2010, Rogue Creamery installed a 58,000 watt solar program along with a new roof inclusive of 3.0” of insulation. The solar panels have generated a 25% electrical savings for the manufacturing facility.

 

Solar Panels

 

Community

Rogue Creamery supports local and statewide non-profits. The company’s focus is on programs that address the following values:

  • To further awareness of Oregon dairy and American farmstead and artisan cheese makers
  • To sponsor and support programs that increase opportunities for public education and increase awareness of diversity, sustainability, environment and artisan food
  • To develop long term conservation, recycling, renewable green energy and sustainable and organic agriculture programs

Rogue Creamery supports many programs of which a few are listed here:
Farm to School lunch program

American Cheese Education Foundation

Thrive

Access
Oregon Dairy Institute

Rogue Farm Corps

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Meals on Wheels

Children’s Advocacy Center

Rogue Basin Climate Summit

Maslow Project
United Way of Jackson County

Oregon Cheese Guild

Ashland Independent Film Festival

 

Community

 

Recycling

In 2008, Rogue Creamery reduced overall waste by 50% and has sustained that reduction by recycling additional items and through a renewed commitment to recycle even basic items. The company has recycled plastic, paper, paper board, corrugated and glass for many years. All plastic containers and other plastic items that are not allowed in the recycle bin are collected on site and stored for the annual local Plastic Round-up. Team member training to ensure appropriate items are recycled has been important as well. Rogue Creamery has a team member that has completed the Master Recycler program who stays abreast of new opportunities for reuse. Other programs in place for years include internally re-using corrugated where appropriate and re-use of all 50 gallon drums either on-site for collection containers or by providing them to other sources such as local animal sanctuaries or local schools. Whey, a by-product of cheese making, is one hundred percent re-used as nutritional supplement for heifers and fertilizer irrigated on Rogue Creamery pastures and other local organic farms.

 

Goals

Rogue Creamery (RC) has a conscious plan to be a zero impact company by 2021. Team members meet annually to create goals and strategies. The 2016 fiscal goals were simply defined to consciously strengthen the fiscal core in all the RC family of businesses while holistically achieving the zero impact goal.
Rogue Creamery’s values set us apart and are at the center of everything we do. Rogue Creamery creates the finest cheese without compromise while promoting producers, makers and growers who share similar values.


In 2015 the team-
Defined a strategic plan to invest in experience and develop instinct and confidence within the team to create a path toward:
-Sustainable Sales Growth
-Completion of Dairy
-Transition of Current Product Line to Organic
-Fulfillment of Benefit Company Audit and Obligations
-Definition of Infrastructure including Org Charts and Team Member Position Descriptions


Plan a course of action to align goals with timeline and communication plan to develop a 5 year strategic plan. Team members will report regularly on the timeline achieved to reach the Zero impact and 20 million dollar plan.

 

2016
The team prioritized two goals:
1. Increase profitability for RC and build Cash Flow
2. Dairy to be Sustainable, Self Sufficient and Accountable

 

In addition, successfully fulfill and maximize opportunities related to:
-USDA grant
-Creating a diverse product mix to shoulder seasonality and maximize seasonal opportunities
-Prioritize and build reserves for Capital Improvements
-Create and implement a Maintenance Plan (Move to be Proactive)
-Facilitate a culture of Planning (Teamwork)
-Openness of sharing-what we want and what we need
-There are no bad ideas; we can
-Launch Organic line of cheeses including reformat of Tolman
-Launch Milk & Honey and Chocolate Ice cream base
GOALS




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