Great Lakes Cheese understands the power of provolone, the charm
of cheddar, and the goodness of gruyere. Each year the Ohio-based
company manufactures about 165 million pounds of cheese. The
cheesemaker distributes natural and processed cheeses and cheese
spreads, including varieties such as cheddar, Colby, Swiss,
mozzarella, and provolone. It also makes the premium Adams
Reserve New York Cheddar. Great Lakes Cheese packages shredded,
chunk, and sliced cheese for deli, bulk, and foodservice sale under
the Great Lakes, Adams Reserve, and private-label brands.
Chairman Hans Epprecht, a Swiss immigrant, founded the firm in 1958
as a Cleveland bulk-cheese distributor. Epprecht and Great Lakes
employees own the company.
Based in Hiram, Ohio, Great Lakes Cheese operates facilities
across three states, including locations in Fillmore, Utah;
Plymouth, Wausau, Seymour, and La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Adams and
Cuba, New York.
Great Lakes Cheese distributes its products, which are sold
in deli and dairy cases, throughout the US. In addition
to its domestic production, Great Lakes imports cheese including
havarti, blue, fontina from Denmark, gouda from Holland, emmentaler
and gruyere from Switzerland, and jarlsberg from Norway. Its bulk
products include blue, boursin, feta, goat, gorgonzola, grated
Italian, and smoked cheeses.
Sales and Marketing
The cheese maker offers private labeling services to other
companies. It sells its products nationwide for sale in deli and
Great Lakes Cheese is owned by both founder and chairman Hans
Epprecht and company employees.