Joseph Edward Gallo

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Joseph Edward Gallo (September 11, 1919 – February 17, 2007) was the brother of Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo and owner of Joseph Gallo Farms, a producer of cheeses.[1]


He was born on September 11, 1919 in Antioch, California. His brothers were Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo. He attended Modesto Junior College and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II.[1]

He founded one of the largest family-owned dairy operations in the world, Joseph Gallo Farms, which produces dairy products including a variety of cheeses. Joseph was sued by his brothers and forced to stop using the Gallo name on his cheese, thereafter labeled Joseph Farms.[1][2]

He died on February 17, 2007 from a series of strokes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Joseph E. Gallo, 87, Brother Who Left Wine for Cheese, Dies". New York Times. February 17, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-28. Joseph E. Gallo, the California cheese maker who battled his winemaking brothers over the use of the family name, died Saturday at his home in Livingston, Calif. He was 87. The cause was complications of a series of strokes, said his son, Michael, the chief executive of Joseph Gallo Farms.
  2. ^ Eric Pace (May 4, 1993). "Julio Gallo, 83, Wine Industrialist, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-28. In 1986, the Gallo winery sued Ernest and Julio Gallo's younger brother, Joseph, who had earlier managed vineyards for his brothers. The suit involved accusations of trademark infringement related to Joseph's opening of a cheese factory near his home in Livingston, Calif., using the family name.