Rogue Creamery’s Sustainable Business Practices


Our Mission:
People dedicated to service, sustainability, and the art and tradition of creating the world's finest, organic, handmade cheese.

Rogue Creamery began making cheddar cheese, butter, and cottage cheeese in 1933 during the Great Depression and WWII. Oregon Blue Vein cheese was first created in 1954.

Our cheeses are handmade using organic, grass-based milk. Our flavors are influenced by new world terroir and the innovation of traditional techniques.

Rogue Creamery’s History of Sustainability:

  • 1933 Rogue Creamery Opens
  • 2002 David Gremmels & Cary Bryant acquire Rogue Creamery
  • 2004 Food Alliance Certified Sustainable
  • 2005 100% Whey Reused
    2007 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Program Initiated
  • 2008 50% Waste Reduction Goal Achieved
  • 2009 “Nellie Green” Commute Program Initiated
  • 2010 Solar Voltaic Panels Installed
  • 2011 30% Energy Production from Solar
  • 2012 45% Energy Production from Solar
  • 2016 Achieved Organic Certification
  • 2021 100% Energy Production & Zero Waste Goal 

Sustainable Practices:
At the Dairy

  • Certified organic milk comes from Rogue Creamery Dairy Farm and other regional organic dairy farms.
  • Cows are grass fed with supplemental grain in the winter.
  • No antibiotics used
  • No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides used on pastures
  • Manure and whey used for fertilizer at the farms.

Cheesemaking at Rogue Creamery

  • Certified Sustainable by Food Alliance
  • Certified for Organic production by Oregon Tilth
  • 45% Renewable energy production (58kw photovoltaic system – among the largest in Southern Oregon)
  • Nellie Green Commute Programs
  • Free Kona bicycle for completing 45 round trip commutes – 24 Rogue Creamery bicycles on the road.
  • Financial rewards provided for green commute to work (bike, walk, carpool, public transportation)
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle:
  • 50% waste reduction at facilities
  • Master Recycler on staff
  • Reuse of whey
  • 30% recycle content in all corrugated and paperboard packaging
  • Container cap redemption program
  • 100% recycle content office paper
  • Electrical reductions through insulation, CFL & solar lights, solar tubes and more efficient equipment.
  • Community Commitment

Purchasing and Distribution

  • Commitment to buy and support local whenever possible
  • Commitment to organic, sustainable, GMO free, and socially responsible goods (ingredients, organic t-shirts, soy inks, cooler bags, fair labor, benefits)
  • Consolidate shipments for efficiency
  • Limit internal truck use to maximize loads.