“Cheese Factory” Celebrates 150 Years!

Marin French Cheese Company
The Marin French dairy in 1914

According to an article in the Gourmet Retailer on December 29, 2014, Philippe Chevrollier, General Manager told them “At Marin French we are passionate about cheesemaking”, and “We respect traditions and the craft of cheesemaking while striving for innovation. Our cheeses reflect Marin’s unique coastal environment and milk from happy cows.”

The article goes on to provide a list of achieved distinctions to include:

  • The first U.S. company to be awarded Gold in European Competition for Triple Creme Brie in the French Category
  • Three out of four awards in 2014 Work Cheese Awards in Londay
  • Super Gold Award for their new cheese Supreme that was released in 2015
  • Petite Breakfast was selected finalist in the 2015 Good Food Awards

To celebrate their 150th anniversary they will host private and public events starting in June including “Cheese Factory Weekend” events to be held on the following weekends: June 13-14, Aug. 15-16 and Oct. 17-18.  Offered will be local foods, wine, barbecues, and of course awesome cheeses you can enjoy while listening to live music.  They will also be focusing on educations programs suitable for families.

If you like this you may also want to mark your calendars for the 2015 9th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival on March 20-22, 2015 at the marina Sheraton Hotel.


4 thoughts on ““Cheese Factory” Celebrates 150 Years!”

  1. Hello Wayne,
    Thanks so much for covering the Marin French 150th Anniversary story. I’d like to mention 2 items that didn’t print correctly: 1) Jim Boyce was not related to the Thompson family but purchased Marin French Cheese from the family in 1998. 2) Rians, the present owner is a family of French cheesemakers, not German.

    Thanks again,
    Lynne Devereux
    PR & Marketing, Marin French Cheese

    1. Lynne, many of our followers, in particular on Facebook, are wondering if tours are or will be available anytime in the near future. You will note that for many of us who grew up in the area have fond childhood memories of the tours.

      1. Hi Wayne,
        In the interest of food safety and to comply with new FDA rules, we’ve had end the public tours of the plant. To help our guests see and understand the cheesemaking process, we’ve made a video that is on display in the retail shop for everyone to enjoy at their leisure. The shop is open 7 days a week from 8:30-5:00 and we invite all our longtime friends and new visitors to take a peek behind the scenes through this new video.


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