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Rick Kaepernick

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Web References, 1 Sept 2000 [cached]
Whey is a hot item right now , says Rick Kaepernick , vice president/general manager of whey for the Hilmar , Calif.-based company.It's an especially good market in the Western United States because there are a lot of consumers interested in staying healthy and using protein supplements made from whey..
What is whey.Milk contains casein and whey protein , among other nutrients.During processing , casein is used to make cheese , while whey proteins remain in the liquid.We capture the whey liquid and separate whey protein and lactose from it.
Then it gets dried into a powder , Kaepernick explains.It contains a high amount of protein , which can be used in all sorts of food ingredients , including nutritional supplements..
Hilmar's venture into the whey market began nine years ago when the company was looking to grow its cheese business and get the most out of milk during processing.Kaepernick says , At that point , our whey business consisted of selling liquid whey to dairymen as a food source for cows.We were interested in expanding whey usage to other applications..
The cheese manufacturer found a strategic partner , Proliant ( formerly known as AMPC Inc. ) of Ames , Iowa , to do the sales , marketing and application work for whey.Hilmar started its protein plant in 1991 and built its first lactose plant in 1994.We've seen remarkable growth , Kaepernick says.We're now one of the largest producers of protein and lactose in the world..
Eighty-five percent of the whey protein the company manufacturers is used in the United States , while 15 percent is exported.For lactose , the situation is reversed : 15 percent of the lactose is used domestically , while 85 percent is exported.
Kaepernick points out that there probably is a shortage of whey proteins now , but that , like any trend , it's cyclical.We have to be careful , because just a year ago the protein markets were at their lowest.So it's important for us to be diversified and continue to look for new markets..
Any time we can use a product a lot of different ways , it helps everyone , Kaepernick says.We're continually striving to find new markets and new opportunities for milk producers..AM.
California Creamery Operator's Association - Directors, 28 Jan 2015 [cached]
*Rick Kaepernick Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc
California Creamery Operator's Association - Directors, 7 Feb 2008 [cached]
Rick KaepernickHilmar Cheese Company Inc.
"It was like he grew up ..., 25 Jan 2013 [cached]
"It was like he grew up on antibiotics," father Rick Kaepernick said.
Many coaches expected Kaepernick to take his 90 mph fastball to professional baseball even though the scholar-athlete swore his allegiance to football. Their lack of trust frosted him.
At Reno he became the first player in NCAA history to throw for more than 10,000 yards and run for more than 4,000.
Kaepernick stuck with the Book of Psalms for his second tattoo in 2008. He got one with words to Psalm 18:39 for his right arm. The verse says, "You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet."
After that Kaepernick had Reno artist Nes Andrion tattoo two hands clasped in prayer with the words "to God the glory" below the psalm on his right biceps.
Then there is Kaepernick's fully inked back.
Some friends wondered why Rick Kaepernick, a vice president of Hilmar Cheese near Modesto, would pay for his son's tattoos.
"He's kind of like a little miser," Rick said.
Service Is Key to Membrane Separation, 27 Feb 2006 [cached]
"We work jointly with GEA Filtration to decide when it's time to replace membranes," according to Rick Kaepernick, VP Operations for Hilmar Cheese Company of Hilmar, California."It's definitely a team effort."
We think it's an integral part of our business and how we've developed," says Kaepernick, a Membrane Maintenance Program customer.
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