Yancey's Fancy

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Yancey's Fancy
Industry Dairy Products, Cheesemaker
Founded 1947
Founder Leo Kutter
Headquarters Corfu, New York, United States
Key people
Wayne Henry (President & CEO), Mike Wimble (Executive VP of Sales and Marketing), Brian Bailey (VP of Operations, Master Cheesemaker)
Products Artisan cheese, Cheese
Owner D & Y Cheeses
Number of employees
Website www.yanceysfancy.com

Yancey's Fancy is a producer of artisan cheeses based in Corfu, New York, USA. The company was formerly known as Darn Good Foods, Inc.[1] The Yancey's Fancy name was established in 1998, when John Yancey (whose family operated Heluva Good!) and his long-time business associate Mike Wimble bought the Kutter's Cheese business and factory from Richard and Tony Kutter, who retired.[2]


The Kutters' father, Leo, founded the Kutter Cheese Factory in 1926 in Cowlesville, New York. After ceasing operations due to the shortage of fresh milk during World War II, Leo moved the company to Corfu in 1947. The factory with its outlet store are located on NY Route 5, nearly halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, New York.[3]


Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce Cheddar

Yancey’s Fancy cheese factory produces a variety of different flavors, which can be found at many retail stores nationwide. They specialize in making "artisan cheeses," which are hand-crafted in the old style (with some new techniques) for the most authentic cheese flavor. Their "Finger Lakes Champagne Aged Cheddar Cheese" is made with real champagne from the Finger Lakes region, specifically from Hunt Country Vineyards.

Yancey's Fancy is the largest fresh cheese curd manufacturer on the East Coast. The company utilizes the local milk supply in western New York when crafting their products.[4]

Yancey's Fancy also has a buffalo mascot named "Hot Stuff," which makes appearances at sponsored and promoted events. The mascot also appears on the label of their "Buffalo Wing Original Hot Sauce Cheddar."

Yancey's Fancy won a gold medal at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, for 'Best of Class, Jalapeño & Peppadew Cheddar.[5]' The cheese also won a 2010 New York State Fair Grand Champion award that same year.[6]


Yancey's Fancy is a major athletic sponsor of the Buffalo Bills (NFL), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), Arizona Coyotes (NHL), Syracuse Orange (NCAA) athletics, and the Rochester Americans (AHL). The company also sponsors Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Phoenix International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, Watkins Glen International, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and is a presenting sponsor of the Finger lakes Wine Festival, which has been listed by the American Bus Association as one of North America's Top 100 events for 2011, 2012, and 2013.[7] Mike Robitaille is a commercial spokesman for the company.

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  1. ^ "Company Overview of Yancey's Fancy, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kutter's Cheese Factory Store annual Customer Appreciation Day". Franclemont, Rick. The Batavian. September 18, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kutter's Cheese History". Kutter's Cheese. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "cheese curds". Yancey's Fancy. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Yancey's Fancy earns Gold Medal in world's biggest cheese contest". The Batavian. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Product Awards 1999 - 2011". Yancey's Fancy. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "American Bus Association Names Finger Lakes Wine Festival One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2013" (PDF). American Bus Association. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 

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