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This Bangor dairy company produced more than 1 million pounds of cheese last year

A dairy company tucked away behind the Bangor International Airport has quietly become Maine’s largest cheese producer after coming to town about five years ago.

Pineland Farms Dairy Company produced more than a million pounds of cheese, using 10 million pounds of milk, at its 70,000-square-foot facility on Milk Street in Bangor last year, and plans to produce 1.3 million pounds by 2023.

While Penobscot produces more milk than any other Maine county, the loss of a major dairy company in 2013 forced local farmers to sell what they produced to plants in Portland, including Hood and Oakhurst. This also burdened farmers with the additional cost of transportation, and the journey takes time out of the already short shelf life of the milk.