Estate Cheese Group acquires Sonoma Creamery from Pulmuone, USA and Monterey Gourmet Foods
01/12/2012 - Sonoma, Calif. (PRNewswire) – Estate Cheese Group LLC (ECG) has acquired Sonoma Creamery LLC (Sonoma), formerly Sonoma Foods Inc., producer of the Sonoma Jack® and Sonoma Cheese® brands.
Estate Cheese Group invests in and manages outstanding cheese and dairy brands with a commitment to delivering all natural, sustainably farmed products.
"Sonoma is a special brand. The outstanding family of Sonoma brand products and excellent longtime employees form the basis of a great investment for ECG. We intend to grow the company and build on Sonoma's longstanding heritage of innovation, quality and expertly crafted cheeses," said John Crean, President & CEO of ECG and Sonoma Creamery.
Mr. Crean is a food and beverage entrepreneur who previously co-founded the successful private label wine, spirits and beer company, Winery Exchange.
ECG has brought all Sonoma team members on board to deliver uninterrupted, quality service to our existing customers.
Anchoring the Sonoma team are David Viviani, Vice President of Marketing and grandson of co-founder Celso Viviani, and Lou Biaggi, Vice President of Operations, a 30-year cheesemaker for the company. Together with the rest of the Sonoma team, they bring over 100 years of combined industry experience and relationships.
Andrew Mun, CFO of Pulmuone USA and Monterey Gourmet Foods commented, "We have great faith in John Crean and team from ECG. We are very pleased that the brand is in good hands and wish them the very best in their future developments."
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