Brookings, South Dakota
Our Brookings facility is our newest, joining the Bel family in 2012 and starting production in 2014. Over $140 million was invested in this state-of-the-art plant, making it our flagship for automation, equipment, processing, and efficiency.
Brookings at a Glance
- FSSC 22000
- ISO 14000
- ISO 45001
- 2016 Dairy Foods Magazine Plant of the Year
- Babybel (1.7 m. per day)
- 650,000 lbs milk used per day
- 24 m. lbs. cheese made per yr
- 170,000 sq ft
- 285 employees and growing
A Community of Dairy Experts
The Brookings facility is located near South Dakota State University, whose distinguished Dairy and Food Science Department supplies us with many of our employees, and which contributes to our community of knowledge, safety, and modernization.
State-of-the-Art Dairy Science
The Brookings plant exclusively creates Mini Babybel, so it’s safe to say that they’ve mastered its production. There they produce five flavors–Original, Light, Mozzarella, Sharp Cheddar, and White Cheddar. All of the equipment in Brookings is the very height of modern, from its high-speed vision quality control system to high-tech molding machines and a finished goods racking system. Every part of the process is optimized to save energy and to produce the highest quality.