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Gary Grossen

Research Cheesemaker

Gary is a Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® (certified in Brick, Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti, Muenster) with more than 60 years of experience in the dairy industry. He worked in his family’s cheese plant in Monroe, Wisconsin for more than 50 years, making Brick, Muenster, Colby, and 200-pound wheels of Swiss in traditional copper kettles. In 2005, Grossen came to the University of Wisconsin and worked in the Babcock Dairy Plant where he made award-winning cheeses. At CDR, Grossen helps with all aspects of cheesemaking from milk pasteurization to assisting with research and industry trials. His cheeses have won many awards at national and international competitions. Most recently, his Gouda was named Cheese and Butter Grand Champion at the 2019 World Dairy Expo.