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Leprino Foods Overview

Denver, CO
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Leprino Foods Company ('Leprino Foods') began as a small, family-owned market selling
grocery items and handmade cheese in Denver, Colorado. Today, still privately held and
family-owned, it is an international company and a ... Read more

Mission: We make every customer feel like our only customer, through Quality, Service, Competitive Price and Ethics.

Quality: We win by making better products. Our products do precisely what they are supposed to do – if it is worth doing, it is worth doing ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Our corporate office employees are 'United in Orange' for our hometown Super Bowl champs the Denver Broncos! GO BRONCOS!

  • Check out the story of how a small team of innovative, passionate Leprino employees out of our Singapore office are making a dent in the Asian dairy marketplace:

    "Boots on the ground" provide service

    by Hoard's Dairyman staff Leprino made a strong investment in people and resources by opening its Innovation Studio in Singapore. Rohan Thakur is one of the 10 team members who have made Leprino and U.S. cheese local in Asia.

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Leprino Foods – Why Work For Us?

LEPRINO FOODS BEGAN as a small, family-owned market selling grocery items and handmade cheese in Denver, Colorado, USA. Originally, Leprino cheese was sold under the “Gina Marie” brand, a contraction of Regina Italian meaning “Queen”. The name symbolized the highest quality and standards of Leprino Foods’ products. These are the same high quality and performance standards that we strive to deliver each and every day.

HEADQUARTERED IN DENVER, COLORADO on the same corner where Mike Leprino Sr.’s grocery store once stood, Leprino Foods continues to meet its goal of producing the best dairy ingredients available. The company will settle for nothing less than excellence and remains dedicated to the product development and culinary innovation that elevated us to an industry leader.


At Leprino Foods, we dedicate ourselves to providing outstanding value to customers through our uncompromising commitment to our Core Values. Our Core Values are the guiding principles we follow in order to continuously improve the health and longevity of our company and our customers.


We win by making better products. Ones with exceptional composition and performance that are produced with exemplary safety standards. Our products do precisely what they are supposed to do – if it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.


We treat every customer like they are our only customer. We pay attention to the small details that matter. When our customers need help, we are shockingly responsive problem solvers.


We provide the best combination of performance and value. Customers get more for their money with Leprino Foods. We run an efficient operation so we can always be competitively priced.


We strive to do the right thing all the time. We are principled and fair in all 


of our dealings. We take personal responsibility to do our very best. Promises made are promises kept.

While each team member at Leprino Foods is unique, all of us work with a shared set of values that we apply in our day-to-day activities. Leprino Foods is a leader in dairy ingredients because each of us is committed to fairly and Ethically providing the best Quality products, with exceptional Service at the most Competitive Prices.

“The future of this company depends on our ability to hire and develop the world’s best people.” -Jim Leprino, Chairman

Leprino Foods Company is a world leader in innovative dairy food ingredient manufacturing. The largest mozzarella producer in the world, Leprino Foods is a supplier to many local, national and international pizza chains and supplies nine of the top 10 frozen pizza/entrée market leaders. Leprino Foods is also the number one producer of lactose in the world and a top producer of whey protein and sweet whey. Employing nearly 4,000 employees around the world, sales of Leprino Foods products currently reach over 40 countries around the globe.

ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES: From our headquarters and innovation studio in Denver, Colorado, and our 9 U.S. production plants, to our two joint ventures in Europe, and commercial hub and innovation studio in Asia, our growth continues to provide exciting career opportunities. We offer high-level professional development and leadership growth including management trainee programs, industry internships, educational assistance and hands-on training. Leprino Foods is a dedicated, passionate organization of talented people.

CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATION: Leprino Foods’ production plants are some of the largest and most technologically advanced facilities in the world. With over 50 patents for mozzarella cheese-making technologies, we constantly strive to deliver advanced technology “wins” to our valued customers. Bringing consumer insights to life from product conception to commercialization, our passionate and committed team members continue to shape the future of our company and our industry.


At Leprino Foods it is essential to us to attract, develop and retain the brightest talent in our industry – our company’s future and our continued success depends upon it. One way we cultivate this is through our successful Leadership Trainee Programs. The Leprino Foods’ Trainee Programs (Production, Maintenance, Finance, and Human Resources paths) are designed to guide college students and new graduates toward becoming outstanding leaders and team members while gaining practical, hands-on experience. Throughout each program, trainees learn real-world applications for their chosen field while developing vital professional skills that will apply to all future opportunities.

THE TRAINEE PROGRAM at Leprino Foods is designed for new college graduates with degrees in Food Science, Dairy Science, Dairy Manufacturing and Engineering. During the on average18-month intensive program, Management Trainees learn the full spectrum of operations within a leading, global cheese manufacturing company. They also receive:

  • Professional and personal development
  • Hands-on experience
  • Full company benefits
  • Leprino Foods’ management placement

The companion piece to our College Trainee Program - the Leprino Foods' Military Leadership Trainee Program allows newly transitioned veterans (both officers and enlisted) to choose a path in either the Production or Maintenance operational environments. 

THE MILITARY TRAINEE PROGRAM at Leprino Foods is designed for recently transitioned veterans with college degrees or equivalent experience. During the 6 to 12-month intensive program, Leadership Trainees learn the full spectrum of operations within a leading, global cheese manufacturing company. They also receive:

  • Professional and personal development
  • Hands-on technical experience within state-of-the-art facilities
  • Full company benefits and relocation
  • Leprino Foods’ management placement following graduation

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    Friendly employees, clean and beautiful building, great health and fitness opportunities. You can easily get involved with employees outside your department by joining different clubs.


    The building is not the best location, limited parking space is available, and sometimes the environment feels too small. It was/is a family owned company which is great, but it does not have the feeling of a massive corporate company.

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    I would not give any advice because Leprino does a great job of treating their employees well.

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    Administrative Assistant Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Leprino Foods (New York, NY).


    The interview for the admin assist was much more informal than typical interviews at Leprino. The interview was just questions about the resume and some other typical questions. Typically the interview process for anyone wanting a job in the plant is to meet with HR, Foreman in the dept you are applying for and the plant manager or assistant plant manager. Then you are given a tour of the plant and asked more questions.

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Leprino Foods Awards & Accolades

  • U.S. VIP Partner, Gordon Food Service, 2014
  • Environmental Leadership Program - Silver Partner, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, 2014
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
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