Our heritage began over a century ago in the small village of Montelepre, Italy, on the sunny Mediterranean island of Sicily. It was there our founder, Filippo Candela, was born, and it was there he learned the art of making fine Italian cheese. Filippo’s passion for excellence and innovation lives on through all Grande Associates to this day, and his never-ending pursuit of greatness and innovation are the foundation on which we function.
Grande's Mission Statement
Grande’s mission is to build, through outstanding performance of value added strategies, a world-class dairy products trademark that generates the profits and capital necessary to reinvest in the future and the continuing process of fulfilling the commitments of our Culture.
Grande's Culture Statement
Grande’s Culture is based on pride in professional excellence, respect for rights of Associates, a commitment to strengthen the financial security of all dedicated Associates and the fulfillment of a purpose greater than ourselves.
At Grande, each Associate is vital to the connection between work and success, and as such, each is given ample opportunity to make a difference.
We work together as a family, providing each other the tools and support we need to succeed. It’s why Grande offers competitive wages. It’s why Grande has things like on-site wellness centers, tuition reimbursement programs and other helpful benefits. Because when we can succeed together, as a family, we’re able to create something truly great.
We provide each of our unique business areas with the support and tools needed to succeed. Grande’s milk marketing teams are in the field, helping dairy producers meet the highest quality standards in the nation. We then use that grade-A dairy to craft authentic Italian cheeses for independent restaurants across the country, and custom whey ingredients for food manufacturers across the world. Learn more about our specialties through the links below.