List of cheesemakers

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Production of Gruyère cheese at the cheesemaking factory of Gruyères, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland

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.



Cheese being prepared at Beecher's Handmade Cheese
  • American Cheese Societynonprofit organization that promotes the United States cheese industry and represents artisan cheesemakers[1]
  • 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.


Belle Chevre's Greek Kiss cheese, a goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves


The Cabot village creamery was built in 1893[2]
St. Pat cheese, made by Cowgirl Creamery


Bellingham Blue, a blue cheese made by Glyde Farm Produce
  • 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.



  • Joseph Harding – responsible for the introduction of modern cheese making techniques and has been described as the "father of Cheddar cheese".[8] He is credited with having invented the "definite formula" for the production of cheddar cheese.[9]





  • 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.




  • 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.[17][18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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 [20]


  • Lino Saputofounder 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.[21][22]
  • 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.





  • 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.[28]
  • 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.[29]
  • Warrnambool Cheese and ButterAustralian 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.[30][31]
  • 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,[32] and Gouda cheeses of various ages.[33]
  • 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.[34]
  • 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.[35][36] She wrote articles about cheese for The Atlantic magazine.[37]

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