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Participating Companies

Featured Illinois Manufacturer:
Berner Food and Beverage, Inc.
About Company   Dakota, IL

Berner Logo

The rolling hills and rural beauty of Northern Illinois are the home of Berner Food and Beverage.The company began as a cheese making operation in 1942 and has grown from a small producer of Swiss cheese to a relatively large supplier of dairy based store brand products and contract manufactured items.


Today Berner Food and Beverage produces store brand cheese sauces, a wide variety of snack condiments, iced lattes and cheese based pasta sauces. Berner also contract manufactures for several Fortune 100 companies. The company has a robust research and development team that was selected by vote of grocery purchasing managers as the best "project team" in the industry. Berner Food and Beverage is proud to hold the highest status possible with a level 3 rating on the Global Food Safety Initiative. Berner Food and Beverage is proud of the fact that some of its employees can count decades of service with the company.


Our top products include:

- Salsa Con Queso

- French Onion, Ranch, Spinach and Stadium Style Cheddar Dips

- Bean Dips

- Salsas

- Iced Lattes

- Coffee Energy Drinks

- Alfredo Pasta Sauces

- Aerosol Cheese

We are able to take a client's concept from start to finished products as well as offer retort manufacturing.

Aerosol Cheese Cheese Dip
Beverage Dips



Cheese sauces, snack condiments, iced lattes, and cheese based pasta sauces

Contact Information:

Theresa Rauch



From earth moving equipment to automobiles; medical devices to consumer products, Illinois is home to 20,000 manufacturers employing nearly 600,000 people. 

IMEC, along with our strategic partners, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and other friends of manufacturing, have launched this on-line resource to showcase the diversity of products made here and celebrate the companies that manufacture them. In towns from Chicago to Carbondale, manufacturing is the engine that powers the Illinois economy.