A HERO’s Journey – Making Our Canadian Cheddar from Pine River Cheese Co-Op

Pine River Cheese

At Hero Certified Burgers, it’s not just about the food that we serve but how we bring it to the table.

With that said, we’d like to show you the dedication and craft that goes into all of our burgers. To start off, we visited the Pine River Cheese Co-Op in Kincardine, Ontario. We met with Martin Melendez, Head Cheese Master to show us how he makes our natural Canadian Cheddar.

From humble beginnings in 1885, the cheesemakers of Pine River Cheese & Butter Co-operative have built a reputation for their unique brand of high quality aged Cheddar Cheese.

Fiercely independent and one of the few remaining farmer’s co-operatives, Pine River Cheese has been owned and operated by the dairy farmers of Bruce County for five generations.

From the viewing gallery, observe Canadian Cheddar being produced. Best time to view cheese making is during morning hours. The viewing gallery is open from Monday to Friday, and there is no charge.

While here, visit their retail store, featuring, of course, all varieties of Pine River cheese. These include mild, medium, old and premium cheddar, mozzarella, havarti, marble, and our flavoured cheeses. The store also carries certain varieties of organic cheeses.

In addition to all of their cheeses, Pine River also carry gourmet items to tempt any palate – specialty coffees, cocoa and hot chocolate in a variety of flavours, imported chocolate and other candy, imported biscuits, a wide variety of crackers, jams, jellies and other preserves, pickles, olives, and so on.

Visit Pine River Cheese Co-op on August 15-16 for their annual Cheese Curds Festival.