Challenge Foodservice delivers quality you can trust.
Receive the finest quality, freshest products available from California’s #1 foodservice dairy and brand. Our broad range of products make us a true one-stop shop for foodservice operators who value quality ingredients.
Quality dairy comes from dairy experts.
We realize that you have numerous options for purchasing dairy products. However, only a dedicated dairy supplier can ensure that your dairy products are properly received, stored, and delivered. You need someone who understands how delivery methods impact quality and shelf life. You need a dairy expert.
Ensuring freshness, maximum shelf life, and food safety.
Dairy products absorb the aromas of nearby products and flavors. Challenge Dairy does not store or transport dairy products in close proximity to other products, such as produce, which can give off odors that are easily absorbed.
Meticulously transported from our door to yours.
Our dairy products are delivered on our own fleet of refrigerated trucks. We carefully regulate the temperature of products to supply the freshest products at time of delivery. Your dairy products come directly off our trucks and into your refrigeration.
Quality is in our DNA.
We take dairy very seriously and obsess over its quality. In fact, we started lab sampling our butter back in the 20‘s, long before food testing had become a standard practice. We stand by every dairy product we supply.
Environmentally produced, packaged, and transported.
Our dairy comes from natural ingredients, so we constantly assess our impact on the environment. Our dairy farmers share our commitment to sustainable practices. Our products are packaged in recycled materials, and local branches mean less driving.
We've got sustainability down cold.
A pioneer in manufacturing, procedural and sustainability innovations, Challenge Dairy is excited to introduce its Rayfrigeration Delivery Service™ which allows our products to be kept cool in transport through the use of the first commercial-use zero-emissions Truck Refrigeration Unit. Rayfrigeration allows for refrigeration through two forms of energy storage: cold plates and a unique, lightweight battery system. This initiative enables Challenge to deliver quality products with minimal impact on our planet.
Get the best products at the best price.
Led by our renowned butter, Challenge Foodservice provides a complete line of dairy products to restaurants, resorts, hotels, cafeterias, and food manufacturers. We offer over 1,000 different products available in everything from bulk to individually wrapped single servings.
Quality and taste are our highest priorities, so whenever we are recognized as a leader among imported and domestic butters, it’s truly an honor. Our butter varieties have won numerous awards for taste and performance, and consumer testing has shown it to be preferred over other brands. It’s the butter used by the finest commercial bakeries, candy makers, restauranteurs, and food manufacturers, and it’s a top seller at the leading grocery chains in the West. With the majestic elk, Challenge Butter is one of the most recognized and respected packages on the retail shelf.
The taste of 100% pure, fresh from the churn butter makes a real difference in anything you serve. That’s the promise that started the Challenge tradition almost a hundred years ago. And that’s the promise Challenge Foodservice will deliver to your kitchen and dining room today.
- Sticks, cubes, tubs, chips, balls, and pucks
- Solid, Spreadable, Organic, Flavored, Whipped, Clarified
- Salted and unsalted
- European style butters with higher butterfat
Domestic and Imported Cheeses
Challenge Dairy offers a complete line of high quality cheeses including domestic, imported, organic, and artisan cheeses. Not only does this set us apart from traditional dairy distributors, it enables us to provide an assortment of cheeses in the quantities you need to match your local cuisine, from 40 lbs. blocks of Cheddar and Jack to mid-sized portions of gourmet imported cheeses. If you are looking for ways to enhance your recipes or to offer something unique to your patrons, consider adding any of our specialty cheeses to your menu: Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack, Brie, Aged Cheddar, Swiss Gruyere, Bel Paese, Ricotta, Romano, Blue, Feta, Goat, Cottage, Asiago, Havarti, Mascarpone, Mexican-style, and more.
We also carry hundreds of liquid essentials like cream, milk, stock bases, oils, dressings, and juices. Our creams and creamers come in several different types, as both dairy and non dairy. We have many varieties of milk including powdered, sweetened condensed, whey, and flavored. Our premium line of soup bases, flavor bases, stock concentrates, and gravies provide a consistent, well-rounded flavor profile for chefs to put their signature on any dish. We offer all types of oils and shortenings, a broad range of dressings, and high quality juices like our fresh- squeezed 100% locally grown sweet Valencia Orange Juice.
Challenge Foodservice is the butter and dairy expert that you can rely on for all of your dairy needs, but we can provide you with more of what you need in a single delivery. We offer a wide variety of other refrigerated items such as eggs, yogurts, cakes, ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, deli items, and more. Please ask your driver or sales representative to be sampled today.
Obsessed with customer satisfaction.
Challenge Dairy services more than 2,000 customers in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona. We are also a proud supplier to the U.S. Military and support Humanitarian Aid efforts around the world.
“I think that the secret to our success and our product is the butter and the whipping cream that goes into every piece of candy that we make. We couldn’t be happier with the product that we are using from Challenge.” —See's Candies, customer since 1923
"Challenge Dairy provides the best customer service and the best products. We don’t have to worry about calling in refills. They come in, follow a process, and make sure we have what we need. It’s less hassle for us and saves us more time." —Poseidon Restaurant, Mourad Jamal, Executive Chef
“Challenge Dairy is a great company and perfect partner for Il Fornaio. Their products are consistently of high quality, which contributes to the high standards we require for every dish served to our guests.” —Il Fornaio
“We appreciate the personal rapport we have with our driver and immediate manager and their willingness to go over and above normal service expectations.” —Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
"Challenge is more than a service provider. They are a partner. They want us to grow and succeed as much as we want to grow and succeed." —Cattlemens Restaurants Inc., Russ Hollett, Director of Operations
"As a four diamond hotel, our guests have certain expectations when they dine in our restaurants, so we only select vendors who can provide products consistent with the experience we want to create for them. Challenge Dairy provides the quality our customers demand, and we plan to continue with them as we look to gain 5 diamond status." —The Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Mary B., Sr. Purchasing Director
"Challenge Dairy really stays on top of it and is always very thoughtful to make sure we don’t run out of product. It pleases me that I don’t have to worry about my ordering, and they make sure all three stores are coordinated properly.” —Melo’s Pizza and Pasta
“We have multiple food venders, and honestly, we could get our dairy products from them, but we don’t want to. We like the service we get from Challenge. They are specialists, and we know we can count on them." —Custom House/Ventana Grill, Ricardo Ortega, Executive Chef
“We truly appreciate the people at Challenge. They are good people who provide the best products at the best prices.” —Scoma’s Restaurant, customer since 1986
“We are very happy with Challenge and are proud to put them on our table. It shows we don’t skimp on quality. They’re good folks who we absolutely trust. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Challenge into the future.” —Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse, customer since 1996
Contact a local branch near you.
It's important to keep manufacturing and distribution close to our customers. Challenge owns and operates eight local Foodservice distribution centers throughout California, from San Diego to Sacramento so products arrive quicker and spend less time in transit.
1215 E. Lodi Avenue
Lodi, CA 95240
Challenge San Leandro
14970 Catalina Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
200 Healy Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
725 F Street
Fresno, CA 93706
Challenge Santa Maria
1629 Carlotti Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
176 W. Main St, P.O. Box 2076
Ventura, CA 93001
Challenge Los Angeles
5741 East Smithway
City of Commerce, CA 90040
Challenge San Diego
3510 Hancock Street
San Diego, CA 92110