Amidst the list of old masters like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo is Klondike Cheese Co., a master in its own right that has perfected the art of cheese. After 94 years in the industry, with four generations of Buholzers obtaining Master Cheesemaker titles and honing their craft, Klondike is bringing its masterpieces to a wider audience, distributing and selling its Havarti and Muenster under their own, newly debuted brand, Buholzer Brothers.
“We spent a good portion of last year putting up a 50,000-square-foot building dedicated to production of our Muenster, Brick, Havarti, and dill Havarti cheeses. Klondike has been crafting these cheeses for the last 35 years, but we decided to add on capacity as we found the market has been continually growing,” Teena Buholzer, Marketing Director, told me. “We have had great interest in the Havarti cheeses and Muenster, which is why we have expanded our operations. They are both very popular with a variety of consumers since they are more on the mild side and very versatile. In addition, these cheeses are great for snacking or melting as they add a creaminess that screams comfort food.”
Klondike’s newest facility allows the company to have an automated make and brine system, which was custom designed to ensure every step of the cheesemaking process was uniform. Teena noted that this uniformity allows Klondike to continue to produce its award-winning cheese with consistent quality and flavor day in and day out.
“The standard of identity for these cheeses is very straightforward, so there are limitations of creativity to make these cheeses. That means that we have to be dedicated to crafting high-quality and consistent batches that set us apart from other brands of Havarti and Muenster,” Luke Buholzer, VP of Sales, explained to me.
While I couldn’t hide my excitement of getting my hands on these cheeses, Luke said that Klondike currently plans to launch the retail and sliced packaged options around IDDBA 2019. Seeming to sense my need for some sort of nugget to tide me over until June, Luke revealed that the packaging will feature light, clean, and bright graphics with bold color differences between corresponding flavors and additional touches that showcase Klondike’s heritage and encapsulate the old world feel of these very traditional cheeses—I can envision it perfectly, and I cannot wait to see it in real life!
“We are working on adding this new line of Buholzer Brothers. In the meantime, Klondike will continue to explore new regions that have a niche for these types of cheeses,” Teena concluded.
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