Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.

Great Lakes Cheese understands the power of provolone, the charm of cheddar, and the goodness of gruyere. Each year the company makes 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 (80%) and Great Lakes employees (20%) own the company.

Geographic Reach

Based in Hiram, Ohio, Great Lakes Cheese operates nine facilities across three states, including locations in Fillmore, Utah; Plymouth, Wausau, Seymour, and La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Adams and Cuba, New York.

Operations

Great Lakes Cheese distributes its products, which are sold in deli and dairy cases, throughout the US.

Its dairy line includes natural and processed cheeses the likes of American Deluxe, cheese food, cheese spread, cheese product, 2%, and fat free.

The company's deli items include provolones, mozarellas, and cheddars, along with Colby, Swiss, and Jack. 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.

The Great Lakes Cheese foodservice line spans traditional comfort foods to exotic ethnic dishes and a full line of bulk and portion-control cream cheese.

Sales and Marketing

The cheese maker offers private labeling services to other companies. It sells its products nationwide for sale in deli and dairy cases, as well as to foodservice operators.

Customers include grocers, club stores, supercenters, restaurant chains, and foodservice distributors.

Financial Performance

Great Lakes Cheese generates about $2.6 billion in annual revenue.

Strategy

Already operating in Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York, Great Lakes Cheese extended its reach in fall 2013 by opening a 330,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Manchester, Tennessee. The effort involved a $100 million investment.

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Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.


17825 Great Lakes Pkwy
Hiram, OH 44234-9677
Phone: 1 (440) 834-2500
www.greatlakescheese.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President and CEO: Gary Vanic
  • President and CEO: Gary Vanic
  • Chairman: Cook William

Major Office Locations

  • Hiram, OH
  • Hiram, OH

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