Yancey's Fancy - Vino Pair Cheesemaker Index
About Yancey's Fancy
Following World War I, Leo Kutter emigrated from Bavaria, Germany to New York State, home of North America's first cheese factory. He brought his cheese making knowledge and skill to a small factory in Cowlesville, NY where he made Limburger. Mr. Kutter made cheese in Cowlesville from 1926 until World War II broke out. The war left the area with too little milk for cheese making so Mr. Kutter had to wait until it ended before he could get back to his trade. In 1947 he built a new factory in Corfu, NY and began making Swiss, brick, cheddar and Limburger cheeses. His sons, Richard and Tony started working in the factory and learning the trade while they were quite young. In 1962, Leo passed away leaving the business to both his sons. Throughout its sixty plus year history, Kutter's Cheese/Yancey's Fancy has established a reputation for high quality, innovative products. In recent years, under the leadership of Bailey and Wimble, Yancey's Fancy has launched in excess of fifty new and exciting varieties of cheeses that reintroduced the flavors that made New York famous for handcrafted cheddar cheeses many years ago. Yancey's Fancy continues to create new varieties of products with several new products ready for introduction into the market in the near future. In the early sixties, the Kutter's began a long business relationship with the Yancey family, owners of the Original Heluva Good Cheese Company. The Kutter's added many new products including sour cream dips and the very first Horseradish Cheddar to their fine line of cheeses. In 1995, Brian Bailey became a partner with Richard and Tony Kutter. Brian Bailey was a skilled cheese maker having spent a great deal of time in countries such as Finland, Denmark, Holland, France, Sweden, and Germany, learning traditional European cheese making. With master cheese maker Brian Bailey's expertise, the factory began producing even more varieties of cheese, such as Bergenost™, which today is a Yancey's Fancy® exclusive. In 1998, Richard and Tony Kutter decided to retire. John Yancey, his long term business associate Mike Wimble, and Brian Bailey joined forces to purchase the Kutter's Cheese business and factory creating Yancey's Fancy. In 2004, D&Y Cheeses, a corporation owned by the founders of Dietz & Watson, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA, Yancey, Wimble and Bailey acquired Yancey's Fancy. In 2006, John Yancey retired as a shareholder and employee of the company and Wayne Henry was named President/CEO of Yancey's Fancy.