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Cheese Categories

More than 600 varieties of cheese are available from skilled U.S. cheese makers. There are many ways to categorize cheeses, but the most widely accepted method is by degree of hardness. A category is a family of cheeses that share similar characteristics, while varieties or types represent individual cheeses within the families.


We invite you to browse and discover the many facets of U.S. cheese!

Soft Fresh Cheeses

Soft Fresh Cheeses

Only one step removed from milk, these cheeses have a fresh, clean and creamy flavor. Work well as spreads, fillings or dips.                                      

Blue Veined Cheeses

Blue-Veined Cheeses

A variety with distinct flavors, crumbly texture and gourmet appeal for use in premium sauces, dips and other products.

Cheese for pizza and blends

Cheese for Pizza and Blends

Customizable blends that offer flavor, functionality and cost advantages. 


Hard Cheeses

Hard Cheeses

With a granular texture acquired through aging, these varieties typically offer longer shelf lives and lend themselves well to a wide variety of food applications.

Custom and convenience cheeses

Custom & Convenience Cheese Products

A variety of options for food processors and foodservice operators to ensure consistency of finished products and save on labor costs.

Soft-Ripened Cheeses

Soft-Ripened Cheeses

Ripening from the outside in, these cheeses develop more distinct flavors and aromas with age. Ideal for cold and melted applications.

Gouda and Edam

Gouda & Edam

Buttery and nutty, these cheeses are ideal ingredients for sauces, soups, and casseroles.                                                    

Cheddar and Colby

Cheddar & Colby

Highly versatile, these cheeses can be used in a wide array of prepared foods from salads to casseroles.                               

Processed Cheeses

Processed Cheeses

 An alternative to natural cheese in nearly every application, this variety offers a longer shelf life and uniform flavor.                       

Cheeses for special needs

Cheeses for Special Needs

 A wide variety of cheese products for special interests, such as low-fat and low-calorie, halal products and organic cheeses.                                                  

Semi-Soft Cheeses

Semi-Soft Cheeses

Typically mild and buttery, these cheeses are excellent flavor carriers and work well as ingredients in a range of applications.                      

Pasta filata and related cheeses

Pasta Filata and Related Cheeses

A variety with excellent melting properties for use in gratins, breaded appetizers, pastas and other products. 

Swiss Cheeses

Swiss Cheeses

A variety with good melting and full flavor for use in fondues, soup toppers, baked goods and sauces.                        

Cheese powders and enzyme modified cheeses

Powder & Enzyme-Modified Cheeses

An ingredient suited for low-moisture applications such as cereal products and prepared dry mixes.       

Specialty Cheeses

Specialty Cheeses

 Typically made in more limited quantities, these cheeses include some Old World favorites as well as delightful American Originals.