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Rexburg cheesemaker that signed Idaho cheese deal with Walmart to close

StateImpact Idaho is reporting that the Rexburg, Idaho cheesemaker that just closed a deal with Walmart to provide Idaho-brand cheese is shutting down. Nelson-Ricks Creamery Co. will still supply the cheese, but instead of making part of it it itself, it will buy it from other Idaho cheese manufacturers and cut and package it at its Salt Lake City, Utah facility. The creamery was founded in 1907 and has struggled in the recession; its longtime lender decided not to renew its line of credit. It will lay off more than 15 people when the Rexburg facility closes this month. You can read StateImpact's full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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