US cheese giant Sartori Cheese enters into the fourth generation of family leadership with new CEO
USA – Sartori, a Wisconsin-based Italian cheese-producing company, has appointed Bert Sartori, son of former Chief Executive Officer, Jim Sartori, as its new CEO.
Bert is succeeding his father who was CEO for 30 years before dying of Covid-19 complications late last year.
He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and has more than 17 years of experience in finance, operations, and business development.
He is not an outsider at Sartori as he has been part of the company since 2016 working in various leadership roles such as production supervisor and executive vice president of sales.
His ascension to the top is expected to bring a unique creative vision for the 83-year-old family business while also honouring its artisanal longstanding craft of cheesemaking.
“Sartori Cheese has always represented a culture of cheesemaking that celebrates creativity, passion and authenticity,” said Bert Sartori.
“I’m proud to lead a company anchored in tradition while pushing the boundaries of our craft so we can share new-to-the-world, award-worthy cheeses with people across the globe,” he added.
A licensed cheesemaker, Bert’s vision for the company’s future is centred around continued partnerships with several Wisconsin dairy farms and a commitment to the company’s craft.
“Making great cheese starts with exceptional people and we’re excited to continue investing in the talented, dedicated members of our team,” he said in a recent media release.
Sartori company was founded in 1939 and has seen immense growth over the years. It has grown from a dozen team members to more than 900 employees with an impact in over 50 countries.
Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, the company is a major force to reckon with in the US cheese market and boasts of a wide range of cheeses such as parmesan and cheddar with its most popular brand being Bellevitano.
Towards the end of his father’s reign as CEO, Sartori Cheese announced that it was expanding its Plymouth facility by more than 22,000 square feet.
The whey-converting facility is used to convert, package and ship Sartori cheeses to restaurants, grocery stores and food manufacturers around the world.
The new building will be added to the east side of the factory and will create more room for converting and packaging operations within the facility.
“This project will expand our capabilities and put our growing, innovative business in a position to meet customer demand well into the future,” said Bert who at the time served as President of Sartori Cheese.
For all the latest food industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.