Specialty cheese producer Emmi Roth® has set its sights on blue cheese for this first part of the new year. The company announced it is acquiring Great Lakes Cheese’s blue cheese plant in Seymour, Wisconsin, which will add a fourth location to Emmi Roth’s portfolio.
“We believe in the blue cheese category and see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position in the market,” said Tim Omer, Emmi Roth President and Managing Director. “This acquisition gives us access to a talented group of cheesemakers and provides us with additional resources to expand our current production and develop new blue cheese products for our customers.”
Emmi Roth is already known for award-winning Wisconsin-made blue cheeses including Roth Buttermilk Blue®, a creamy raw milk blue cheese; Roth Buttermilk Blue Affinée, an aged version of Buttermilk Blue; and Roth Moody Blue®, a small-batch smoky blue cheese. According to a press release, Emmi Roth expects the newly acquired plant to both expand its blue cheese production, and increase its ability to develop new blue cheese products and packaging solutions.
“We know Emmi Roth to be as passionate about cheese and as committed to its employees as we are,” said John Epprecht, Vice President, Great Lakes Cheese. “They are well positioned to guide Seymour’s business and its dedicated workforce into the next stage of growth.”
Emmi Roth noted it will assume ownership of Great Lakes Cheese’s Seymour factory, related land, productions facility, and equipment on February 28, 2019. All 50 of the Seymour location’s employees will be offered continued employment through Emmi Roth.
Watch out for a wave of Wisconsin blue cheese pairings coming to a charcuterie board near you!