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Currently, Great Lakes Cheese serves the nation’s retailers and foodservice operations with eight facilities across the U.S. Great Lakes services four markets: Retail, Foodservice, Co-Manufacturing, and Ingredients. Today we offer thousands of quality products. When we go to work, we have one goal: To make your business the best it can be.


RetailGreat Lakes Cheese provides complete retail programs and ensures high quality products for our customers. Our state-of-the-art facilities have the capability to provide natural and processed and specialty cheeses in a variety of sizes and packaging options. 


We offer a full line of quality cheeses for the dairy case.


With Great Lakes Cheese, you can customize your Deli Program from our robust product assortment to suit consumer demands – and maximize your sales.


Our Club portfolio continues to grow to better serve the Club consumers’ needs.


The Great Lakes Cheese Foodservice team provides the most comprehensive full line cheese program. Our award winning cheeses will enhance all your menu items, from traditional comfort foods to popular trendy dishes, delighting your most discerning, adventurous customer.

All of our products are created to meet the strict criteria of today's dynamic foodservice operations. Our cheese delivers superior flavor, functionality and performance. Every product is manufactured with rigorous quality control and safety in HACCP and USDA-certified facilities. We share your passion for food and your desire to satisfy customers. From the most informative, up-to-date resources to a great variety of innovative products, we strive to provide everything you need for success in your operation.


Great Lakes Cheese is committed to supporting brand growth. With capital investments and dedicated brand resources, we drive sales growth for our co-manufacturing customers.


Great Lakes Cheese produces American and Italian Cheese in our two New York Cheese Plants. Specialty Whey Ingredients produced include Whey Protein Concentrate 80% (instantized), Whey Permeate Powder and Grade A Sweet Whey Powder. Products are Kosher and Halal approved.

State of the Art Manufacturing Facilities

Our commitment to customer service has driven our expansion. As delivery needs grew, Great Lakes Cheese strategically placed plants to ensure our cheeses arrived fresh and on-time. Constant improvement at all levels of our operation is our service commitment to our customers.

Our Happy Employees

Amber Bacon, Product Marketing Specialist

"One of the greatest feelings is waking up in the morning and looking forward to work. I love my job, thanks to this amazing family-owned company, as well as my colleagues, who I now consider family." Amber Bacon, Associate Product Manager

Trent Lattimore, Packaging Engineer

"Coming from a larger, publicly-held company, I can attest to the family atmosphere the Great Lakes Cheese environment brings to the table. From the production floor to the front office, everyone is ready to help you accomplish your goals, and does so with a smile. All employees want to see the company succeed, and there's a true sense of teamwork anywhere you go." Trent Lattimore, Packaging Engineer

Erin Shirkey, Director of Sales Operations

"Great Lakes Cheese was not the place I originally expected to find a career, but it's now a place I truly appreciate. With hard work and great mentors, I've been able to advance into new roles as my experience and skills have developed. I've worked here for almost 20 years, but each day, I still continue to learn and be challenged." Erin Shirkey, Director of Sales Operations

Mark Gray, Customer Service Representative

"I’ve been employed with GLC for over 20 years. After hearing from several friends who were working here, especially about the ESOP plan and job security, I decided to exit the construction field for a new career. I’m so glad I made that decision, and the experience of working in both production and the front office has been challenging and rewarding. Being able to participate and contribute to a steadily growing family-oriented business, as an employee-owner, and with the best benefits in the industry, has kept me firmly planted here at GLC." Mark Gray, Customer Service Representative

Nick Ruskiewicz, Sales Operations Coordinator

"I was recently hired by Great Lakes Cheese as a Customer Service Representative. I realized early on what a powerful commitment to teamwork all employees have here. To work in an office atmosphere where the company succeeds by others doing for others to achieve goals regardless of departments is truly eye opening! Great Lakes Cheese is a very large company that feels like a very large family to me. I’m so excited being part of this GLC team and having the opportunity to participate and contribute to such a successful company."Nick Ruskiewicz, Sales Operations Coordinator

Tyler Mazanec, Regional Account Manager

"I was recently hired by Great Lakes Cheese as an Account Manager. Throughout my short time here, I have truly felt the family atmosphere that everyone talks about at Great Lakes. This was one of the many reasons why I chose to come work here. Everyone has a great sense of team work and will go out of their way to help you if you need it. It is one of the few companies that truly cares about the success of each employee."Tyler Mazanec, Regional Account Manager