Mid 19th and 20th Centuries


From Farm to Factory

During this period, cheese making moved off the farm and into factories.  The Farm Co-op really began to take off with the large pooling of milk from many farms. 

The first cheese factory opened in the United States in 1850 and was located in New York state.  This area became the largest cheese manufacturing region in the United States and as the population grew, the cheese capital moved to Wisconsin which is still known as the "Cheese Capital" today.

In Canada the first cheese factory opened in Norwich, Ontario in 1864, which is a mere 40 minute drive from the Jensen's Simcoe location!  There were 200 established factories in Ontario in 1867 (Confederation).

By the end of the 19th Century there were some major changes in cheese making.  Cheese making evolved onto cheese manufacturing.  Processes such as Pasteurization, the addition of bacterial cultures, and industrialization turned cheese making into a science.  In the 20th century there was more uniformity and mass-produced cheese.  Distribution and exportation grew exponentially around the world.