Estate Cheese Group LLC has acquired Sonoma Creamery LLC, formerly Sonoma Foods Inc., producer of the iconic 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 and CEO of ECG and Sonoma Creamery.
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 its existing customers. Anchoring the Sonoma team are David Viviani, vice president of marketing and grandson of cofounder 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.
Sonoma Creamery is best known for being the original creators of the award winning Sonoma Jack Hot Pepper cheese. Continuing its 80-year history, Sonoma Creamery is dedicated to delivering high quality cheeses with the best possible all natural ingredients.