Lactalis USA is not a party animal; the company is a party to cheese. The company is a leading maker of specialty cheeses in the US. It serves both the retail food and foodservice industries, including school lunch programs. It markets its cheeses under the Precious brand name. The company's cheese varieties include mozzarella (including fresh mozzarella), ricotta, and six different flavors of string cheese. In 2007 the company acquired California-based soft-cheese maker, Mozzarella Fresca. Headquartered in New York City, Lactalis USA is part of the French dairy giant Groupe Lactalis.