About Us

Really, this page should be called "Family."

We’re proud that Sartori is a fourth-generation family owned and operated company in the great American tradition. But we’re prouder still of the family feeling that runs throughout the entire company every day. From our leadership and artisan cheese expertise, to our cheesemakers, to our network of patron farmers, we share a deep sense of connection to one another and the land. Even the cows are in on it. And now, you are too.

1939 Paolo Sartori and Louis Rossini cofound S&R Cheese Corp. in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
1942 Paolo Sartori receives his first U.S. patent for "Cheese Curd Machine."
1946 Paolo Sartori receives another patent for "Curd Mixing and Kneading Machine."
1953 Joe Sartori and Leonard Gentine, next door neighbors, cofound Sargento. (Joe later sold his interest.)
1957 Paolo Sartori donates money to construct a home for the elderly in his hometown of Valdastico, Italy.
1970 Sartori is first U.S. exporter of cheese to Italy and Japan.
1985 Sartori pioneers freshly grated, all-natural Parmesan cheese with longer shelf life.
1986 Jim Sartori accepts the company reins from his father, Joe Sartori.
1996 Name changes from S&R Cheese Corp. to Sartori Foods.
1998 Sartori Foundation established to honor the passing of Joe Sartori.
1999 Bella is born. Sartori BellaVitano® cheese is introduced.
2005 Sartori acquires Linden Cheese Co. of Linden, Wisconsin, specializing in blue-veined and surface-ripened cheeses.
2006 Antigo Cheese Co., Antigo, Wisconsin is purchased by Sartori Foods.
2006 SarVecchio® Parmesan featured in Businessweek article for "…Products that Rival Europe’s Best."
2007 Sartori expands into retail markets and delis.
2007 Jim Sartori wins the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
2009 Jeff Schwager hired as president. Jim Sartori becomes CEO.
2010 Sartori Foods wins 100th award for Sartori Reserve® cheese.
2010 Sartori acquires Tellory, a leading maker of all natural premium pestos, dips, and spreads, based in Boulder, Colorado.
2011 Sartori Foods renamed Sartori Company.
2011 With beautiful new packaging, Sartori launches its Classic, Reserve and Limited Edition retail collection.
2013 SarVecchio® Parmesan is named "Best All-Purpose Cheese" by Men's Health magazine.
2014 Sartori celebrates its 75th anniversary.
2017 Black Pepper BellaVitano wins "Grand Champion" at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest