May 19, 2014

Coshocton Tribune Small Business Week Article

On May 18, 2014, the Coshocton Tribune ran an article titled "Small Businesses are Making it Work in Coshocton",  It featured a nice story on Pearl Valley Cheese.  Here is a link to the article on their page which also includes some pictures.

March 25, 2014

Pearl Valley's Swiss Wins Gold Medal at 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest

 World Championship Cheese for Pearl Valley Cheese in Ohio

FRESNO, OHIO – Pearl Valley Cheese, a four generation, family owned business, has been making award winning Swiss Cheese for over 85 years and the honors are still rolling in.  A panel of international cheese experts judging the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest recently awarded Pear l Valley a Gold Medal in the Rindless Swiss Cheese Class. 

“For cheesemakers, this is like winning the Super Bowl,” said Company President Chuck Ellis.  “We attribute our success to God blessing us with employees who are constantly striving to improve our quality, local dairy farmers who continually provide an excellent milk supply, and our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years.  To come out at the top among our peers in the cheese industry at such a competitive contest is a major accomplishment in the history of our company.” 

The World Cheese Championships are held biannually in Madison, WI and this year’s competition was the largest ever with 2,615 entries from 22 countries.  In addition to the Gold Medal in the Rindless Swiss Cheese Class,  Pearl Valley’s Swiss was also recognized as one of the 16 top cheeses in the entire competition.  Each cheese was judged on a 100 point scale analyzing appearance, flavor, finish, and texture. 

About 250,000 pounds (almost 30,000 gallons) of milk are processed per day to produce over 20,000 pounds of cheese at the factory in northeast Coshocton County.  The milk used at the plant originates from dairy farmers throughout eastern Ohio.  Pearl Valley manufactures a wide variety of natural cheeses including Colby, Marble, Pepper Jack, Lacey Swiss and Baby Swiss.  The most recent additions to their product line include popular flavors of Chipotle Pepper Jack and Bacon Jack. Wholesale distributors in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania distribute their cheeses around the Mid-Atlantic region.

During the Easter Holiday weekend (Friday 4/18 and Saturday 4/19),  the public is invited to visit the factory store where two hundred pounds of the same cheese judged to be the world’s best Swiss will be sold at a price of $10/lb.  All proceeds from this special cheese will be donated to the Hope Clinic that offers free medical care in Coshocton.  Many local stores, markets and delis carry the Pearl Valley Cheese line.  Customers can also purchase from the factory store on SR 93 in Fresno, OH or online at

March 21, 2013

Pearl Valley Cheese gains recognition as one of the best in the nation at the US Cheese Championships

Green Bay, WI - On March 12 and 13 an expert panel of experienced judges from the dairy industry and government agencies  spent two days at the Green Bay Packers home, Lambeau Field, to cut, feel, smell and taste cheeses from across the U.S. to determine the best cheeses in the country.  The event is organized by the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association every two years.  This year’s contest attracted over 1,700 entries in 82 different cheese classes from across the nation.  The prizes will be awarded at the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference on April 18 in La Crosse, WI.


Pearl Valley Cheese, a fourth generation family owned business located in Fresno (Coshocton County) OH,  was awarded a Silver Medal in the Swiss Cheese Class for its mild Swiss Cheese; and a Bronze Medal in the Smoked Hard Cheese Class for its Smoked Swiss. “A prestigious award  such as this is a credit the dairy producers who work hard to supply us with top quality milk, and to the skills and experience of our cheesemaking staff.  It feels good to see our cheese listed as one of the premier cheeses in the nation.” says Chuck Ellis, President of Pearl Valley Cheese.


The company has a long history of cheese awards to its credit at state, national, and international competitions over the years.  Pearl Valley uses milk purchased from dairymen in eastern Ohio to make eleven different types of cheese.  Customers are invited to sample before they buy at the company’s retail store.  Visitors can watch cheesemaking in progress through the observations windows in the cheese shop on weekday mornings.  Pearl Valley cheese products are distributed throughout the Eastern U.S. and Florida by a network of wholesalers. 

February 15, 2013

Coshocton Tribune Article Link

Check out this link to the recent article in the Coshocton Tribune featuring us!

"It's not easy being cheesy!"


March 08, 2012

National Dairy Month Contest 2012 Press Release

Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, Inc.

National Dairy Month Contest

June 13, 2012


This is the first of three contests held during the year of 2012 to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheese-makers for the year of 2012.

 This year winners were announced and awarded for three classifications as follows:

 Swiss Class:

            Gold (1st prize)           Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg, OH

            Silver (2nd prize)       Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH

            Bronze (3rd prize)        E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH

            Other Swiss cheeses were entered by Broad Run Cheese, Dover, OH and Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH.


Open Class: (Various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss or Farmstead category)

            Gold                            Pearl Valley Cheese Co.  (Pepper Jack)

            Silver                           Bunker Hill Cheese  (Colby)

            Bronze                         Pearl Valley Cheese Co.  (Colby)

             Other cheese was entered by Mayfield Road Creamery, Orwell, OH and E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC.


Farmstead Class: (Cheese manufactured on an Ohio-licensed farmstead facility.)

            Gold                            Mayfield Road Creamery, Orwell, OH (Double Aged Raw Milk Gouda)

            Silver                           Mayfield Road Creamery (Brie)

            Bronze                         Mayfield Road Creamery (Tomme with natural rind with beer wash)

            Other cheese was entered by Integration Acres LTD, Albany, OH and Osage Lane Creamery LTD, Pataskala, OH.


Judges for this contest were John Jorg, former cheesemaker; Doug Randles, cheese buyer; Jonas Troyer, cheese buyer; Nicholas Starrett, retail cheese buyer for Whole Foods, Columbus, OH; and Henry Walton, deli merchandiser for Kroger, Columbus, OH.


All cheese was judged Grade A.

The Ohio State Fair contest, the second of the three contests, will be held July 10, 2012.