CAO Formaggi (CAO, the Italian acronym for “Cooperativa Allevatori Ovini” meaning “Sheep Breeders Cooperative” and “Formaggi” meaning Cheeses) is a Cooperative composed of 700 members, that was founded in 1966. The cooperative was established with the aim of bringing together a group of farmers to transform the milk produced in the respective companies in order to create a distinguished production of delicious cheeses with high quality standards. The farmers' union also intended to enhance and recognize the work and characteristics of the sheep milk heritage of the territory.
The passion in their daily work and commitment to the continuous search for quality, in consistency with the principles of traditional Sardinian cheese making, are the values shared by all members of the cooperative, who over time have competed to create and carry forward the cooperative leading to the entity that today represents "CAO Formaggi".
The Cooperative currently distributes its products on a local, national and international level, but more importantly, they do not only export cheeses, but also culture and tradition of the Sardinian territory.
With the brand CAO FORMAGGI, the cooperative produces a wide variety of pecorino cheeses that differ in taste and aging: Pecorino DOP with soft paste, semi-seasoned and aged cheeses, and also derivatives such as ricotta, melted, and grated cheeses. The entire production is made exclusively from sheep's milk.