Great Lakes Cheese - Old World Tradition | A passion for excellence

Over 50 years of Excellence in Cheese Making

It was 1958 when Swiss immigrant Hans Epprecht began his small business that delivered bulk cheeses to neighborhood stores in Cleveland, Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Before long, retailers began asking for wrapped, pre-cut cheeses in smaller sizes and in more cheese varieties so they could better satisfy their customers. This is where the Great Lakes Cheese tradition began. Since then, Great Lakes has grown rapidly by acquisition, plant expansions, investment in the best technologies for production and distribution – and by setting high industry standards for service.

Currently, Great Lakes serves the nation's retailers and food service operations with nine strategic facilities across the U.S. We earn this proud tradition of award-winning quality and customer satisfaction every day.

View our complete Company Timeline or our Video: The History of Great Lakes Cheese

Our Mission

Our tradition: A family owned business with a long-term focus on growth and stability.

Our mission: To be a leading manufacturer and supplier of consistently high quality cheese products.

We will achieve this through our commitment to outstanding customer service, innovation, dedicated employees, and business partnerships. Our environment of open communication, integrity, and mutual respect encourages everyone to go beyond what is expected. We believe that profitability is a success only if the customer, the suppliers, the employees, the communities, and the company benefit.