Just when you thought Wisconsin couldn’t get any cheesier an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal announces plans for three new cheese plants in the dairy state, including expansions for Wisconsinmade.com artisan cheesemakers Emmi Roth Kase and Holland’s Family Cheese.
In 1991 Ulrich Roth, Felix Roth and Fermo Jaeckle came to the cheesemaking lands of Wisconsin from Switzerland and started Roth Kase USA. In the short time they have been making cheese in Wisconsin, they have won over 100 awards for their gourmet cheeses. Some notable varieties include buttermilk blue, Grand Cru Gruyere and GranQueso.
The company is now known as Emmi-Roth Kase, and recently out grew their Monroe plant. They are opening a new location in Platteville, Wisconsin. The city even agreed to give the company a $2 million grant in anticipation of the economic benefit the cheesemaker will bring to the town.
Holland’s Family Cheese focuses on dutch cheese and manufactures many varieties of gouda, including a few that won prizes at the World Championship Cheese Contest this year in Madison. The family migrated from the Netherlands in 2002. They skillfully combine Wisconsin milk with authentic ingredients and supplies from Holland for the perfect Old World gouda.
The new plant will also be in the town of Thorp, Wisconsin but the Pennterman Family plans on breaking ground on a three times larger facility in 2013. You can see details of the plans on their project update blog, which even mentions the possibility of the cheesemakers expanding their offerings to include ice cream (yum!).