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    Post #1 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:48 am
    Post #1 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:48 am Post #1 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:48 am
    Anyone else have Oberweis dairy delivery? We signed up yesterday. Two 1/2 gallons of skim milk, one 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk, and a quart of chocolate/peanut-butter ice cream will be dropped off sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. in a cooler in a couple weeks. There is a 15% discount promotion going right now, so it ends up costing way less than the store. The Sconnie in me can't wait.
  • Post #2 - April 23rd, 2008, 8:08 am
    Post #2 - April 23rd, 2008, 8:08 am Post #2 - April 23rd, 2008, 8:08 am
    I've had it for years. I drink a lot of milk so it's just really convenient not to have to lug it from the store. The cooler does keep the milk pretty well but once it gets hot make sure you get to the cooler as soon as you get up.

    They are very good about taking last minute changes to your order, and only really, really bad weather has ever stopped a delivery. IIRC the delivery is usually the next day or as soon as they can make it out. I think this happened one time this past winter.

    Where did you see the 15% off deal? I went on the web site and didn't see it. I'm thinking about calling up and asking for the offer myself now. It can't hurt.
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #3 - April 23rd, 2008, 11:12 am
    Post #3 - April 23rd, 2008, 11:12 am Post #3 - April 23rd, 2008, 11:12 am
    Actually, their telemarketer called us last night, which is how we heard about it. I ususally hang up on telemarketers, but when they're talking about dairy...
  • Post #4 - April 23rd, 2008, 1:42 pm
    Post #4 - April 23rd, 2008, 1:42 pm Post #4 - April 23rd, 2008, 1:42 pm
    grits, do you notice any taste difference between Oberweiser and the regular supermarket brands?
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #5 - April 23rd, 2008, 3:14 pm
    Post #5 - April 23rd, 2008, 3:14 pm Post #5 - April 23rd, 2008, 3:14 pm
    We've been getting delivery for 2 years now. We love it. With that and Costco, I can skip a weekly grocery run. I get bread, juice, milk and eggs. The milk is tastier than supermarket organic, IMO. It has a fresher flavor.
  • Post #6 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:22 pm
    Post #6 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:22 pm Post #6 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:22 pm
    Cogito wrote:grits, do you notice any taste difference between Oberweiser and the regular supermarket brands?


    The skim is actually pretty tasty. It doesn't seem as thin as the other skim milks. Would I be able to tell in a blind taste test? Hmmm, you've got me thinking.

    I wish they had 1%. Right now I'm ordering skim and 2% both and mixing when I feel like it. Sometimes I just drink 2% when I'm feeling really crazy. Seriously, the 2% is really good.

    I'm not a huge fan of their ice cream though. It's still ice cream--I wouldn't turn it down--but just not my first choice.
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #7 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:29 pm
    Post #7 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:29 pm Post #7 - April 23rd, 2008, 5:29 pm
    I like their over-priced cottage cheese.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #8 - April 23rd, 2008, 10:26 pm
    Post #8 - April 23rd, 2008, 10:26 pm Post #8 - April 23rd, 2008, 10:26 pm
    I wish they delivered to me, I grew up on oberweis delivery! :(
  • Post #9 - April 24th, 2008, 4:33 am
    Post #9 - April 24th, 2008, 4:33 am Post #9 - April 24th, 2008, 4:33 am
    We used to get Oberweis delivered, but I stopped the delivery once I found it at the grocery store. There are weeks I just don't go through a half gallon (depending on whether the kids are drinking milk that week and using it on cereal) and I couldn't justify the delivery fee.

    I have switched my kids out to the Costco milk because it is cheaper. But I admit, the Oberweis tastes better, especially the skim. It tastes better than any other skim I have tried -- more like 2%. I have no idea why.

    Suzy
    " There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
    - Frank Zappa
  • Post #10 - April 24th, 2008, 8:18 am
    Post #10 - April 24th, 2008, 8:18 am Post #10 - April 24th, 2008, 8:18 am
    do you notice any taste difference between Oberweiser and the regular supermarket brands?



    I get my milk from Oberweis too and I have noticed a difference between that milk and the milk that I previously got from grocery stores. I wouldn't say that it is always better, but it is far more consistent. It seems like some of the grocery store milk would taste just a bit off. It hadn't gone bad and was still drinkable but it was not as tasty as it certainly could be.

    Plus, glass bottles are neat.
  • Post #11 - April 24th, 2008, 8:34 am
    Post #11 - April 24th, 2008, 8:34 am Post #11 - April 24th, 2008, 8:34 am
    I wish Oberweis would bring back the quarts of buttermilk.

    That was the best buttermilk in the world - it had a thick clot of creamy milk at the top of the bottle - almost like sour cream & the thick texture & consistency of the buttermilk was wonderful.

    I wonder why they stopped offering it? Please, Oberweis Dairy - Bring back the buttermilk!
    I can't believe I ate the whole thing!
  • Post #12 - April 24th, 2008, 8:43 am
    Post #12 - April 24th, 2008, 8:43 am Post #12 - April 24th, 2008, 8:43 am
    love their whole milk.

    I think anything tastes better in a glass bottle.
  • Post #13 - April 24th, 2008, 11:50 am
    Post #13 - April 24th, 2008, 11:50 am Post #13 - April 24th, 2008, 11:50 am
    I've been a delivery customer for a few years. I agree that their skim milk is the best because it doesn't taste "thin". The only milk I drink is skim, so to me it's worth the splurge.

    I also appreciate their excellent customer service. I'm a fan of companies that allow you to talk to a human. It's very easy to put your delivery on hold if you'll be out of town, change your order etc.

    Also, remember the hot weather warning posted above and this cold weather warning as well. It we're having extreme cold, the bottles can freeze and crack; a huge mess. (If that happens, as it did to me a few years ago, they will bring a new cooler and new milk). This year, I missed two deliveries because of the cold, but I don't consider that a problem.
  • Post #14 - April 24th, 2008, 4:52 pm
    Post #14 - April 24th, 2008, 4:52 pm Post #14 - April 24th, 2008, 4:52 pm
    Liz in Norwood Park wrote:I wish Oberweis would bring back the quarts of buttermilk.

    That was the best buttermilk in the world - it had a thick clot of creamy milk at the top of the bottle - almost like sour cream & the thick texture & consistency of the buttermilk was wonderful.

    I wonder why they stopped offering it? Please, Oberweis Dairy - Bring back the buttermilk!


    Try Traders Point Creamery's buttermilk.
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  • Post #15 - July 8th, 2008, 7:31 pm
    Post #15 - July 8th, 2008, 7:31 pm Post #15 - July 8th, 2008, 7:31 pm
    LTH,

    Noticed today Oberweis Dairy is 3/4 of the way through construction of a retail shop on the 6400 block of Lincoln Ave. This is directly across the street from the Bunny Hutch, a one-two punch for Harry V if I ever saw one.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #16 - July 8th, 2008, 9:23 pm
    Post #16 - July 8th, 2008, 9:23 pm Post #16 - July 8th, 2008, 9:23 pm
    G Wiv wrote:LTH,

    Noticed today Oberweis Dairy is 3/4 of the way through construction of a retail shop on the 6400 block of Lincoln Ave. This is directly across the street from the Bunny Hutch, a one-two punch for Harry V if I ever saw one.

    Enjoy,
    Gary


    There was a "Help Wanted" sign for a Lincolnwood location in the Park Ridge Oberweis when I was there yesterday. I was wondering where the new place was going to be.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #17 - March 26th, 2009, 6:17 pm
    Post #17 - March 26th, 2009, 6:17 pm Post #17 - March 26th, 2009, 6:17 pm
    pcharrig wrote: There is a 15% discount promotion going right now, so it ends up costing way less than the store. The Sconnie in me can't wait.
    Does anyone know if that promotion is still going on? I got an e-mail offer for my moms playgroup to get a 15% discount but if this is not exclusive to our members then I'm either not interested or I want more than this...
    "Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside."
    -Mark Twain
  • Post #18 - April 15th, 2024, 10:26 am
    Post #18 - April 15th, 2024, 10:26 am Post #18 - April 15th, 2024, 10:26 am
    From Crain's . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:Oberweis Dairy — with roots that stretch back to a horse-drawn wagon peddling milk in 1915 and later spawned the wealth that launched a successful investment business as well as less successful parlays into politics — has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    In an April 12 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Northern Illinois, the North Aurora-based company listed more than $4 million in debt to creditors ranging from Penske Truck Leasing to Greco & Sons, a food products wholesaler, as well as the Cook County Treasurer. (See the filing below.)

    The filing was signed by Adam Kraber, company president, who did not respond to an email or phone call today seeking comment.

    Joe Oberweis, the fourth-generation CEO of Oberweis Dairy, who took over the business in 2007 from his father, is still listed on the company website as CEO. But he told Crain's today he "transitioned out" of the business last July and has "not been involved since." He offered no comment on the bankruptcy filing.

    Under the leadership of his father, Jim Oberweis, the company expanded beyond dairy delivery and grocery sales into company-owned dairy and ice-cream stores. Jim Oberweis also established an investment management company in 1978, branching into mutual funds and other forms of securities.

    Oberweis Dairy files for bankruptcy protection

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #19 - April 15th, 2024, 11:35 am
    Post #19 - April 15th, 2024, 11:35 am Post #19 - April 15th, 2024, 11:35 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:From Crain's . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:Oberweis Dairy — with roots that stretch back to a horse-drawn wagon peddling milk in 1915 and later spawned the wealth that launched a successful investment business as well as less successful parlays into politics — has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    In an April 12 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Northern Illinois, the North Aurora-based company listed more than $4 million in debt to creditors ranging from Penske Truck Leasing to Greco & Sons, a food products wholesaler, as well as the Cook County Treasurer. (See the filing below.)

    The filing was signed by Adam Kraber, company president, who did not respond to an email or phone call today seeking comment.

    Joe Oberweis, the fourth-generation CEO of Oberweis Dairy, who took over the business in 2007 from his father, is still listed on the company website as CEO. But he told Crain's today he "transitioned out" of the business last July and has "not been involved since." He offered no comment on the bankruptcy filing.

    Under the leadership of his father, Jim Oberweis, the company expanded beyond dairy delivery and grocery sales into company-owned dairy and ice-cream stores. Jim Oberweis also established an investment management company in 1978, branching into mutual funds and other forms of securities.

    Oberweis Dairy files for bankruptcy protection

    =R=

    Dammit! You beat me.
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  • Post #20 - April 16th, 2024, 1:09 am
    Post #20 - April 16th, 2024, 1:09 am Post #20 - April 16th, 2024, 1:09 am
    I love their milk, but I can't afford it.
  • Post #21 - April 16th, 2024, 3:10 am
    Post #21 - April 16th, 2024, 3:10 am Post #21 - April 16th, 2024, 3:10 am
    Ditto their ice cream. Nancy, if you ever venture as far as Woodman's, Sassy Cow is an interesting premium milk alternative at a more reasonable price point.
  • Post #22 - April 16th, 2024, 8:32 am
    Post #22 - April 16th, 2024, 8:32 am Post #22 - April 16th, 2024, 8:32 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:From Crain's . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:Oberweis Dairy — with roots that stretch back to a horse-drawn wagon peddling milk in 1915 and later spawned the wealth that launched a successful investment business as well as less successful parlays into politics — has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Oberweis Dairy files for bankruptcy protection

    =R=

    I'm giving this one the heartiest of schadenfreude driven LOLs
  • Post #23 - April 16th, 2024, 5:47 pm
    Post #23 - April 16th, 2024, 5:47 pm Post #23 - April 16th, 2024, 5:47 pm
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:From Crain's . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:Oberweis Dairy — with roots that stretch back to a horse-drawn wagon peddling milk in 1915 and later spawned the wealth that launched a successful investment business as well as less successful parlays into politics — has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Oberweis Dairy files for bankruptcy protection

    =R=

    I'm giving this one the heartiest of schadenfreude driven LOLs


    I would except that dad’s political fever dream folly combined with son’s apparent lack of interest/ability to run the business is putting a bunch of people out of work.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #24 - April 16th, 2024, 6:04 pm
    Post #24 - April 16th, 2024, 6:04 pm Post #24 - April 16th, 2024, 6:04 pm
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:From Crain's . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:Oberweis Dairy — with roots that stretch back to a horse-drawn wagon peddling milk in 1915 and later spawned the wealth that launched a successful investment business as well as less successful parlays into politics — has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Oberweis Dairy files for bankruptcy protection

    =R=

    I'm giving this one the heartiest of schadenfreude driven LOLs


    I would except that dad’s political fever dream folly combined with son’s apparent lack of interest/ability to run the business is putting a bunch of people out of work.

    I smell private equity all over this but I'll admit, that's just an assumption.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #25 - April 17th, 2024, 4:22 am
    Post #25 - April 17th, 2024, 4:22 am Post #25 - April 17th, 2024, 4:22 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:I would except that dad’s political fever dream folly combined with son’s apparent lack of interest/ability to run the business is putting a bunch of people out of work.


    Could also be the decline in milk consumption that's been hitting the rest of the industry (and recently killed Dean's):

    https://www.shortform.com/blog/dairy-industry-decline/#:~:text=The%20American%20dairy%20industry%20is,worsening%20American%20dairy%20farmers'%20woes.
  • Post #26 - April 17th, 2024, 4:47 am
    Post #26 - April 17th, 2024, 4:47 am Post #26 - April 17th, 2024, 4:47 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:and recently killed Dean's
    As a veteran of Dean Foods, its death started when it was overtaken by Suiza. At the time, Dean was diversifying into vegetables (it owned Larsen, which made Veg-All, and Birdseye for a while), it was #2 in pickles, and was getting into alternative "milks." Suiza sold off most of that stuff to pay for the acquisition of Dean, let all the previous Dean execs go, and then changed its name to Dean Foods. Suiza offered enough money for Dean that it had a fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to go through with the deal. Had Suiza not bought Dean, the company would have been reasonably well positioned to survive the decline in fluid milk consumption.

    Apologies for going off-topic.
  • Post #27 - April 17th, 2024, 9:44 am
    Post #27 - April 17th, 2024, 9:44 am Post #27 - April 17th, 2024, 9:44 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I smell private equity all over this but I'll admit, that's just an assumption.

    I was wrong about this but some details are now coming out . . .

    chicagobusiness.com wrote:A new filing lays out Oberweis Dairy's path to bankruptcy this month in stark terms — and places much of the blame for the family controlled company's woes at the feet of its fourth-generation ex-CEO.

    In a Chapter 11 declaration dated April 15, the company's current president, Adam Kraber, testified the North Aurora-based dairy and ice cream purveyor overextended itself under the leadership of Joe Oberweis, who exited the company in May 2023.

    Joe Oberweis, son of former CEO and perennial GOP candidate Jim Oberweis, was named CEO in 2007 and oversaw the rollout of burger and pizza restaurants as companion brands to the Oberweis Dairy chain of stores, as well as the expansion of home delivery to Virginia and North Carolina. In 2019, the company also added a production line of organic milk.

    During his tenure, the company "made a series of business decisions that, viewed in hindsight, may have sown the seeds for its present financial distress," the filing states, going on to describe insufficient investment in modernization of its manufacturing plant, reliance on managers who lacked industry experience, and "maintaining the books and records of the debtors in a suboptimal manner."

    The filing also rapped Joe Oberweis for attempting to break into the Asia market and overspending on marketing, among other miscues. Shifting consumer tastes — as well as the impact of COVID on sales — tipped the scales.

    "Even in retrospect, it cannot be said that any one decision led to the . . . current financial condition," the filing states, also noting the general deterioration of the dairy business in the face of consumers' attraction to non-dairy alternatives such as soy and oat-based milk. These factors and more left the company "poorly equipped for survival in an industry already suffering major declines."

    Various rescue attempts — including the sale of real estate and an attempt to partner with an out-of-state co-manufacturer — left the company in a deeper hole than before.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #28 - April 17th, 2024, 11:47 am
    Post #28 - April 17th, 2024, 11:47 am Post #28 - April 17th, 2024, 11:47 am
    Another factor mentioned in one of the articles was switching to amber bottles for fresh milk. Consumers frequently disliked the amber bottles. In principle they are a good idea for quality because fluorescent light exposure can add the taste of damp cardboard smell to the milk. I try to avoid jugs that have been sitting next to the lights in the dairy case but currently have one from Jewel with this taste to a slight degree. This a rather arcane factor. Sometimes a subtle quality move is not understood by most consumers.
  • Post #29 - April 23rd, 2024, 6:58 pm
    Post #29 - April 23rd, 2024, 6:58 pm Post #29 - April 23rd, 2024, 6:58 pm
    Oberweis Dairy announced that it has received a bid to purchase the majority of its operating assets.

    https://wgntv.com/news/illinois/oberwei ... rotection/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #30 - May 29th, 2024, 1:43 pm
    Post #30 - May 29th, 2024, 1:43 pm Post #30 - May 29th, 2024, 1:43 pm
    There’s a new milkman in Chicago.

    Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of his family’s eponymous Winnetka-based private equity firm, emerged as the top bidder Wednesday for the bankrupt assets of the century-old Oberweis Dairy, putting everything from its North Aurora plant to 40 branded ice cream stores under new ownership.

    The undisclosed offer from the Hoffmann Family of Companies through its investment arm, Osprey Capital, bested Brian Boomsma, owner of Chicago-based Dutch Farms, who made a $20 million stalking horse bid in April for Oberweis.

    “We think that the brand is as good as it gets in the ice cream and dairy space,” Hoffmann said Wednesday. “We’re excited and ready to make investments in the company to make it as big and as strong as it’s ever been.”

    The deal, pending final court approval, will add the Oberweis dairy business to the diverse Hoffmann investment portfolio, which includes everything from wineries and charter cruise ships to the Florida Everblades, a minor league hockey team.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/2024/05/ ... y-auction/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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