14 June 2012

Rumiano Cheese Store Request Form is Now Live

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News

Request Rumiano Cheese in your store now!

Rumiano Cheese Store Request Form is Now Live

As the Rumiano Family Organic (RFO) slowly gets more distribution throughout the U.S. (see UNFI Distribution), and the social outlets gain more recognition on the web, we often receive questions asking where our cheese is available. While we work on blanketing the United States with our organic Non-GMO Certified cheese, you, the consumer, are now able to request our cheese in your local natural food retailers!

The Rumiano Cheese Website now features a page that helps us help you. We want you to be able to purchase our cheese in any state, and with your help we can! Click here, or navigate to the "Store Locator" button on the top right of the Rumiano Cheese website. This will bring you to the "Store Request Form" page where you can fill out an online report. Make sure to leave your name, email address, store name, location and some comments on what types of cheese you are looking for. Hopefully with your requests, we will be able to provide some of our service to your area.

We look forward to your requests and recommendations!

 

08 June 2012

Meet Margaret Bagdons

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News, Our People

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Meet Margaret Bagdons

As many of the readers know, the Rumiano Cheese Blog has been steadily growing over the past few months. We thank you all for taking interest in what our blog has to say, and urge you to keep reading and share with friends! Today is the mark of the newest feature on the Rumiano Cheese Blog; Employee Appreciation and profiles. Rumiano Cheese Co. is a family owned company, and family doesn't only apply to those with the Rumiano name. Hundreds of employees work hard every day to produce a quality product everyone can be proud in. There are those who have been with the family for over 20 years, and those who have only been involved for five months, but the amount of appreciation is existent throughout the company.

In today's feature, Retail Account Specialist Margaret Bagdons was interviewed. After working with the family for over 24 years, she has become irreplaceable. If you have concerns about cheese arriving to a customer on time, talk to Margaret; if you need cheese for a trade-show, talk to Margaret. Or maybe you could use some gift baskets during the holidays, talk to Margaret! Margaret is a key player for the Rumiano team and has earned MUCH appreciation.

29 May 2012

Jersey and Holstein Sustainability

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Sustainable Advantages of Jersey Cows

Jersey and Holstein Sustainability

The dairy industry uses many different breeds of cows for the production of milk. The most iconic and identifiable breed of dairy cow is the Holstein-Friesian. This breed originated in what is today known as the Netherlands. Holsteins are by far the most common and recognizable breed. They are large animals. A Holstein calf weights up to ninety pounds at birth, and can grow up to 1,500 pounds by the time it is five years old; to give the animals enough nutrients to grow this large requires many resources. A second breed that is said to have a lower carbon footprint is the Jersey cow. This is the breed used in the dairies that Rumiano Cheese is made from.

In August of 2010, an article on dairy sustainability was published by the American Jersey Cattle Association which explains the production and sustainability advantages of Jersey cows versus the more common Holstein breed. The Jersey breed was developed on the British Channel Island of Jersey. These gentle cows are a smaller breed of cow, reaching an average of 1,100 pounds, about 400 pounds less than Holsteins. Their color is a light brown or fawn, compared to the typical Holstein black and white. Other than size and color, the major difference between these two breeds can be seen in the milk. The Jersey milk has 20 to 25 percent higher butterfat and protein per gallon of milk. Most cheese-makers prefer Jersey milk because it makes a richer, creamier cheese.

17 May 2012

The Organic and Non-GMO Report

Posted in Press

Trade Publications

The Organic and Non-GMO Report

Cheese went to the Moon

"Rumiano Cheese has won numerous state and national awards for its cheese--most recently, the Dry Monterey Jack with Peppercorns received 4th Place Honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. Another interesting accolade: Rumiano cheese was present in the omelets served on the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission."

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17 May 2012

Good (Cheap) Eats

Posted in Press

Blogger Review

Good (Cheap) Eats

"Our family is a cheese and crackers crowd, so I had no shortage of taste testers when we snacked on the samples Rumiano sent us. Yum! I loved the pepper jack, one of my favorite varieties. And my children, previous haters of white cheddar, are now big time fans. Why do kids think that cheddar needs to be orange?"

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16 May 2012

Give Peas a Chance

Posted in Press

Blogger Review

Give Peas a Chance

"I love cheese, we're a family of cheese eaters here. What scares me about cheese sometimes is the milk used to make it. Hormones? Antibiotics? GMO components? Where are the cows from and how are they raised? I just want real good cheese, made from milk free of hormones and antibiotics. Organic and non GMO? Even better.

I love that this a a small family-owned business. They know their cheese, they know their ingredients, and they know WHERE their ingredients come from!"

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14 May 2012

Gluten In Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Cheese

Factors of gluten contamination in cheese and dairy

Gluten In Cheese

Gluten is a protein found in foods made with wheat and related grains. It gives an elasticity to dough which helps its shape form when rising and is used as an additive to foods that are low on protein. The grains we eat today were introduced almost ten thousand years ago by people in the "Far East." Eventually the Romans brought grains throughout Europe, but it took almost a thousand years before they were affordable and easy enough to produce to be found in every kitchen. Today, grains are more glutinous than grains from past centuries due to newly developed agricultural practices. As long as gluten has been in the diet of humans, we are only now finding that it can pose a threat to the human body.

Over the past decade, there has been an astronomical push to support the gluten-free diet. It is said to be sabotaging the health of Celiac patients, and even those without the disease. There are, "...more than 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease." From abdominal pains, to depression and irritability, the gluten intolerent and Celiac Disease sufferers must be very weary of their diets. According to the Mayo Clinic, Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance, "...is over four times more common today than it was 50 years ago."

25 April 2012

The Organic Industry is Growing

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Industry News

2012 Organic Industry Survey by the Organic Trade Association

The Organic Industry is Growing

Organic is this decade’s most common buzzword in the natural foods market.  However, organic farming is far from new. For thousands of years before modern fertilizers and chemicals were used, farmers relied on techniques such as crop rotation, manure fertilizers and other natural forms of pest control. Today, the majority of farming in the U.S. is done conventionally using chemicals for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.  The good news is, despite this, the organic industry in the US is growing.

The 2012 Organic Industry Survey was recently released by the Organic Trade Association (O.T.A) showing that due to consumer choice in the U.S., the organic industry grew by 9.5 percent in 2011 to reach over $31 billion in sales.  The growth of this industry is the “fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture for over a decade,” Christine Bushway, Executive Director and CEO of the O.T.A stated.   “Consumers are increasingly engaged and discerning when they shop, making decisions based on their values and awareness about health.” Their purchasing decisions are attributed to the higher levels of education and awareness concerning organic versus conventional products.

22 April 2012

Sustainability of Rumiano Cheese Company

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Earth Day 2012 and Rumiano Cheese Company's methods of sustainability.

Sustainability of Rumiano Cheese Company

April 22nd, Earth Day, as we like to call it, is a day that fosters great appreciation for the environment and status of our home. Earth Day began in 1970 as U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to educate and make the populous more aware of the planet's needs. Encouraged by oil spills in the late 60s, the first Earth Day had over 20 million participants; today it is observed by over 500 million people and 175 countries worldwide.

Rumiano Cheese Company practices Earth Day every day, as we support a sustainable business model. One example of our sustainability efforts is our state of the art wastewater treatment plant which reduces our total solid loadings into the sewage system of Crescent City by 99%. The facility biologically treats about 30,000 gallons of water used to clean the cheese-making equipment per day. The wastewater facility has allowed an additional 1,500 water and sewer hook-ups for the city of Crescent City.

01 April 2012

Whole Foods Market Earth Month Demos

Posted in Events

Try Rumiano Family Organic Cheese at a demo near you!

Whole Foods Market Earth Month Demos

The Non-GMO Project is celebrating April as Earth Month -- in recognition of April 22nd being Earth Day. With the Non-GMO Project's "Non-GMO Challenge" in full effect what better way to enjoy eating verified non-GMO products than eating Rumiano Cheese? If you are in Northern California, here's your chance to sample some of the only verified organic non-GMO cheese in the world. Whole Foods Market will be doing demos of Rumiano Cheese in select locations throughout Nor-Cal. Take a look at the list below to see if your local Whole Foods Market will be demoing Rumiano Cheese:

 

 

  • Napa 4/9
  • San Rafael 4/11
  • Santa Cruz 4/11
  • Fresno 4/12
  • Palo Alto 4/12
  • Folsom 4/12
  • Mill Valley 4/12
  • Novato 4/14
  • Monterey 4/14
  • Blossom Hill 4/15
  • Redwood City 4/16
  • San Ramon 4/17
  • Roseville 4/21 (Edited 4/16 3:15PM)
  • Coddingtown 4/23
  • Franklin 4/23
  • Blithedale 4/23
  • Santa Rosa 4/26

Keep in mind, all dates are subject to change. If you might have missed a date, do not fear, you can still purchase the Rumiano Family Organic line of cheese at the stores mentioned! Keep eating healthy, organic and non-GMO for Earth Month while keeping up on the Non-GMO Challenge.

30 March 2012

Rumiano Cheese Company: The Organic Verified Non-GMO Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Non-GMO, Our Cheese

An inside look at the Non-GMO Project and becoming verified non-GMO

Rumiano Cheese Company: The Organic Verified Non-GMO Cheese

Written in collaboration with Joby Rumiano

The Non-GMO Project is an organization created to bring awareness to the ever-growing market of genetically engineered foods in the United States. It is America's only third-party verification for the production of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food products. This nonprofit's mission is simple; they are committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

The Non-GMO Project began with natural food retailers who were interested in having readily available information on the genetically modified foods America was consuming and the potential risks of doing so. The organization pushed for the labeling of genetically modified organisms in foods and became the only third-party verification program for non-GMO products. In 2008, the program added the first products to the verified non-GMO lists and has been growing ever since.

The list of verified non-GMO products includes everything from soy milk to body lotion, but until 2011 there were no verified cheese products. Because of our interest in supplying a nutritious and healthy product, Rumiano Cheese Company, after insuring that all of the ingredients in the supply chain in the production of our cheese were non-GMO, went on to verify that the feed the dairy cows were consuming was non-GMO as well. As a result of these efforts, Rumiano cheese became the first ever organic verified non-GMO cheese in the world.

26 March 2012

Fourteen Rumiano Products Approved for UNFI Distribution:

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News

Rumiano Cheese now approved for UNFI distribution throughout the East Coast

Fourteen Rumiano Products Approved for UNFI Distribution:

At Natural Products Expo West 2012, the Rumiano Cheese Company was proud to announcethe approval for distribution of fourteen new products for the United States' East Coast. United Natural Foods (UNFI) will begin distribution of the "Rumiano Family Organic" (RFO) line of organic verified non-GMO cheese in the "eastern region" later this Spring.

UNFI is the nation's leading independent natural foods distributor which supplies the continental U.S. from coast to coast, and has approved the allocation of the only verified non-GMO cheese under the Non-GMO Project. Announced at a broker meeting, the values of the RFO cheese line were explained and discussed with brokers from across the United States.

14 March 2012

Natural Products Expo West 2012 Recap

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Events

Rumiano Cheese Company's Presence at Expo West 2012

Natural Products Expo West 2012 Recap

Last week, Rumiano Cheese Company was busy meeting and greeting at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. This convention is the largest natural, organic food conference in the world, bringing in attendees from across the globe. It was a truly fascinating sight seeing the over 3,000 exhibitors showcasing their organic and health conscious products. The Rumiano Cheese booth was no exception, as we showed off our newest organic non-GMO verified cheese.

This expo was a great chance to meet with old friends in the industry, as well as meet new ones. The show was 10AM to 6PM daily, allowing all those interested plenty of time to stop by the Rumiano booth for samples and a chat. It was clear that the Rumiano Cheese Co. booth was a hot-spot of activity, as there were never less than two or three people stopped at any given time. Some had said there was a "buzz" of positivity surrounding the booth that attracted convention goers. From the inside, we saw this "buzz," as we found our supply of samples becoming smaller and smaller. It was extremely flattering for all of us involved -- as nearly every passerby stopped to eat samples and ask a few questions.

06 March 2012

Rumiano Cheese Receives Honor at World Championship Cheese Contest

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News

Rumiano’s “Peppercorn Dry-Jack” receives 4th place honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.

Rumiano Cheese Receives Honor at World Championship Cheese Contest

The Rumiano Cheese Company's artisan Dry Monterey Jack with Peppercorns has just received fourth place in the World Championship Cheese Contest earlier today with a score of 97.85. It placed fourth only missing third place by .05 points in the "Flavored Hard Cheese" category. This cheese has been one of the company's most notable and highly praised cheese through the decades, as the first generation Rumiano's were said to have developed the aged wheel for markets in the early years of the 20th century.

This isn't the first time Rumiano Cheese Co. has received prizes or mentions in competitions; the last two years, Rumiano Cheese Co. has collected over eight gold medals and first place awards from the California State Fair, American Cheese Society Competition and Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. This is the second time this cheese has climbed to a fourth place ranking in the World Championship Cheese Contest as well.

You can see the full list of results at the World Championship Cheese Contest website. 

06 March 2012

Video of VP John Rumiano on the World's first Organic Non-GMO Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Non-GMO, Our Cheese

An inside look at Rumiano Cheese

Video of VP John Rumiano on the World's first Organic Non-GMO Cheese

We have just released our latest video highlighting the Rumiano Cheese Company's production process. First, John Rumiano, Vice President, passionately discusses the production attributes of Rumiano's conventional and organic verified non-GMO cheese. He explains how the damp coastal weather of Crescent City, California -- where all Rumiano milk is produced -- allows the Rumiano Cheese Company to make some of the finest possible dairy products in the world. He also notes the importance and pride in being the world's first verified non-GMO cheese. Secondly, John explains that the cheese Rumiano produces has always been the way it is today. We have always used wholesome grass-fed milk and an organic production process; the only difference being, Rumiano Cheese is now verified organic and non-GMO (which is the first of its kind). Finally, the video encompasses the love that each party has for the process in making Rumiano Cheese. The dairy farmers love their animals, the same as the Rumiano Cheese Company loves their cheese, and because of their combined passion, a quality product is made.

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