List of cheesemakers
This is a list of notable cheesemakers. Cheesemakers are people or companies that make cheese, who have developed the knowledge and skills required to convert milk into cheese. Cheesemaking involves controlling precisely the types and amounts of ingredients used and the parameters of the cheesemaking process, to make specific types and qualities of cheese. The milk may be from a cow, goat, sheep or buffalo, although worldwide cow's milk is most commonly used. Cheesemakers also need to be skilled in grading cheese to assess quality, assessing defects and suitability for release, and cheese ripening. The craft of making cheese dates back at least 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence exists of Egyptian cheese being made in the ancient Egyptian civilizations.
- American Cheese Society – nonprofit organization that promotes the United States cheese industry and represents artisan cheesemakers
- Amul is an Indian dairy cooperative, based at Anand in the state of Gujarat, India. It is the largest dairy and cheese producer in India and in all of Asia. Formed in 1946, it is managed by a cooperative body, which today is jointly owned by 3 million milk producers in Gujarat. Amul spurred India's White Revolution, which made the country the world's top dairy producer. In the process Amul became the largest food brand in India and has ventured into markets overseas.
- Lucy Appleby – (February 1, 1920 – April 24, 2008) was a British traditional cheesemaker who used unpasteurised milk and wrapped the cheese in calico binding instead of wax. Appleby believed that wax does not allow the cheese to breathe. In the early 1980s she started using the name Appleby for her cheese.
- Arla Foods is a Danish dairy cooperative, based in Aarhus, Denmark. It is the 6th largest dairy producer globally and the largest in terms of organic milk volume. Formed in 2000, by a merger with Danish MD Foods and Swedish Arla, the company now is owned by more than 12.000 farmers in more than six countries. Most famous brands are Castello, Puck, Lurpak, Kaergaarden.
- Beecher's Handmade Cheese – artisan cheesemaker and retail shop based in the Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, United States.
- Bega Cheese
- Groupe Bel – multinational cheese marketer centered in France. The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Kiri, Leerdammer, Boursin are its five core brands, and are distributed on five continents.
- Belle Chevre – artisan goat cheese maker in rural Alabama. It was established in 1986 and is located in Limestone County, Alabama near Elkmont.
- Bothwell Cheese – independently owned Canadian cheesemaker, it produces over 30 varieties of cheddar, mozzarella, smoked, traditional, and specialty cheeses.
- Cabot Creamery – American dairy agricultural marketing cooperative, wholly owned by the Agri-Mark Cooperative. Wine Spectator magazine listed Cabot cloth-bound cheddar as one of "100 great cheeses" of the world in 2008.
- Capriole Goat Cheese – artisan goat cheese producer in Greenville, Indiana, United States.
- Charleville cheddar – Irish cheese producer situated in Charleville, County Cork. It is part of the so-called "Irish cheese triangle" (the other two companies being Mitchelstown and Wexford Cheddar). It works primarily in the production of red cheddar cheese.
- Laura Chenel – cheesemaker who was America's first commercial producer of goat cheese, and helped to popularize goat cheese in America.
- Chèvréchard – French cheese manufacturer specializing in goat cheeses, located in the goat-cheese producing region of Poitou-Charentes. It produces Clochette and Aperichevre cheeses.
- Consider Bardwell
- CONO Cheesemakers – producer of Beemster Cheese, hard Dutch cheese made of milk from cows grazing in the Beemster polder, a UNESCO World heritage site.
- Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese – produces a number of cheeses from both cow's milk and goat's milk from their premises near Thurles in County Tipperary, Ireland.
- Cowgirl Creamery – producer of artisanal cheeses located in Point Reyes Station, California, it produces several varieties of cheese.
- Cypress Grove Chevre – located in Arcata, California, they specialize in goat cheeses, including the award-winning Humboldt Fog.
- DCI Cheese Company – one of the leading specialty cheese companies in the United States, as of 2007 the company is a $500 million business with over 20 unique, company-owned cheese brands.
- Sheana Davis – maker of Delice de la Vallee and other fresh cheeses and owner of the Epicurean Connection.
- Face Rock Creamery – independently owned cheesemaker in Bandon, Oregon, United States. They mainly produce Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Fromage Blanc cheeses.
- Glyde Farm Produce – established in 1996 at a family farm at Mansfieldtown in County Louth, Ireland in 2000., the company produces Bellingham Blue and Boyne Valley Blue cheeses.
- Gossner Foods – based in Logan, Utah, it is one of the largest cheese manufacturers in the United States.
- Joseph Harding – responsible for the introduction of modern cheese making techniques and has been described as the "father of Cheddar cheese". He is credited with having invented the "definite formula" for the production of cheddar cheese.
- Isigny Sainte-Mère – cooperative in northwestern France.
- Alex James – cheesemaker and English musician, he purchased a farmhouse in Kingham, Oxfordshire and renovated it into a burgeoning cheese farm. The 200-acre cheese farm now produces award-winning cheeses.
- Jasper Hill Farm – artisan cheesemaker in Greensboro, Vermont.
- Jackson Fowler – cheesemaker and political scientist, he purchased a farmhouse outside of Washington DC and sends cheeses to conflict zones to address and study allocation of politics and power.
- Kraft Foods, an American grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, part of the Kraft Heinz Company.
- Lactalis – multi-national dairy products corporation, owned by the Besnier family and based in Laval, Mayenne, France. It is the largest dairy products group in the world, and is the second largest food products group in France, behind Danone.
- Andrew Linton – (November 28, 1893 – January 9, 1971) was a New Zealand cheesemaker, farmer and New Zealand Dairy Board administrator.
- Margaret of Mar, 31st Countess of Mar – crossbench member of the House of Lords, a farmer and former specialist goats cheesemaker in Great Witley, Worcestershire.
- Maytag Dairy Farms produces Maytag Blue cheese from homogenized cow's milk instead of the traditional sheep's milk.
- Meredith Dairy produces goat and sheep chevre cheese and yoghurt. Located 65 km north west of Geelong, Victoria.
- Noella Marcellino – American Benedictine nun with a doctorate in microbiology, she concentrates on the positive effects of decay and putrefaction as well as the odors and flavors of cheese.
- Marin French Cheese Company – founded in 1865, it is a manufacturer of artisan cheese located in rural west Marin County, California and the oldest cheese manufacturer still in operation in the United States. It produces cheeses under the Rouge et Noir brand name.
- Catherine Mathieson – (December 11, 1818 – September 14, 1883) New Zealand cheese and butter maker and community leader.
- Murray's Cheese - artisan cheese in Manhattan, owned by Kroger
- Nature's Harmony Farm – farmstead artisanal cheese operation located in northeast Georgia.
- Marieke Penterman - Award-winning Gouda cheesemaker of Marieke Gouda and Penterman Farm located in Thorp, Wisconsin. Winner of multiple awards for different varieties of Gouda at the National Cheese Championship.
- Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company – artisanal cheese company located in Point Reyes Station in Marin County, California with dairy farmland located in the Point Reyes area. Their flagship cheese, the raw milk Point Reyes Original Blue was the only blue cheese produced in California when it was introduced.
- Polly-O – known for ricotta, mozzarella, and string cheeses
- PT. Pasti Enak, Bali Indonesia - producer of a variety of artisan cheeses under the brand name O-Dairy including Odelia's Bali Cheese.
- Rogue Creamery – artisanal cheese operation located in Oregon, since 2003, winner of 30 international and over 50 national cheese-making awards.
- Rumiano Cheese Company - 100 year-old family-owned California cheese company with manufacturing in Crescent City, California headquartered in Willows, California. Winner of over 200 National and International Awards. Makers of Award Winning Organic/Conventional Cheese, Butter, Whey Protein Concentrate 80% and Dried Edible Lactose 
- Lino Saputo – founder and chairman of the Canadian-based cheese manufacturer Saputo, Inc..
- Sargento – American food producer best known for its cheese, it was the first company to sell packaged shredded cheese, and the first to develop zippered packaging for its cheeses.
- Schreiber Foods
- Will Studd – Australian cheese specialist, Studd has been working with artisan and farmhouse cheeses for more than three decades, and has traveled extensively in his vocation. He is a proponent of traditional cheese made from raw milk.
- Sweet Grass Dairy – artisan cheese producer located in Thomasville, Georgia.
- Table Cape Cheese – A Cheddar Cheese made in Wynyard, Tasmania Australia by Fronterra.
- Tillamook County Creamery Association – dairy cooperative headquartered in Tillamook County, Oregon, best known for its cheddar cheese. In March 2010, Tillamook's Medium Cheddar cheese won the gold medal in the 2010 World Cheese Championship Cheese Contest hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association in Madison, Wisconsin. The cheese scored 99.6 out of 100 points possible, beating 59 other entries.
- Tingvollost, family farm in Tingvoll in Norway, makes the Kraftkar (World Champion in World Cheese Awards, 2016).
- Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods – farmhouse goat cheese maker in rural northeast Victoria, Australia. It was established in 2015 and is located in Tarrawingee, Victoria .
- Tongola ("Huts in the Mountains") Farmhouse Toggenburg Goats Cheese - Esther Hausemann and Hans Stutz Cheesemakers.
- Tulip Tree Creamery – located in Zionsville, Indiana
- Uplands Cheese Company – whose Pleasant Ridge Reserve was chosen by Simon Majumdar as one of the 10 best foods in the U.S.
- Valio – Finnish manufacturer of dairy products including cheese, powdered ingredients, butter, yogurt and milk.
- Valley Shepherd Creamery – artisan cheese making farm in Long Valley, New Jersey, the creamery produces 20 varieties of cheese, including Dutch farmstead, Alpine cheese, a Basque shepherd cheese similar to Idiazábal cheese, farmer cheese, ricotta, and a blue cheese.
- Ignazio Vella – American businessman and cheese maker, his father owned Vella Cheese Company, Inc. in California and the Rogue Creamery in Oregon, which he turned over to his children. He took control of both companies and served as their general manager and chief executive officer. He sold Rogue Creamery in 2002.
- Vermont Creamery (formerly Vermont Butter and Cheese Company) – Websterville, Vermont.
- Von Mühlenen of Switzerland
- Markey Wallace – (1893–1984) notable New Zealand cheesemaker, farmer, community leader and local politician. He was born in Waiho, West Coast, New Zealand in 1893.
- Washington State University Creamery – in Pullman, Washington produces cheeses including Cougar Gold, a sharp white Cheddar cheese that is packaged in tin cans. Approximately 250,000 cans of Cougar Cheese are produced annually, with around 80% being Cougar Gold.
- Warrnambool Cheese and Butter – Australian producer of cheese, butter, cream and dairy ingredients, it is based in Victoria and is the oldest dairy processor in Australia, having been established in 1888.
- Winchester Cheese Company – was an artisan cheese producer in the town of Winchester, California, in Riverside County, Southern California. Flavors included a jalapeño Gouda and cumin Gouda, and Gouda cheeses of various ages.
- Merryl Winstein – American author and cheesemaking educator, has taught thousands of home and artisan cheesemakers the traditional and professional methods of making outstanding cheese. Author of SUCCESSFUL CHEESEMAKING™, Step-by-Step Directions and Photos for Making Nearly Every Type of Cheese, (670pp, 800 photos), 2017:Smooth Stone Press, ISBN 978-0998595955. She is a pioneer in the urban farming movement and raised dairy goats for 22 years in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
- Wyke Farms - A cheese producer located in Somerset.
- Daphne Zepos – (July 13, 1959 – July 3, 2012) Greek-born author, chef, educator and cheese aficionado, At various times in her career, she was associated with the Artisanal Cheese Center, where she was employed as affineur, the Essex Street Cheese Company (which she co-founded), the Cheese of Choice Coalition and was a co-owner of the Cheese School of San Francisco. She wrote articles about cheese for The Atlantic magazine.
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