History


For seven decades, Arthur Schuman’s passion and energy has been passed down generation after generation, helping build a modest import business into a well-recognized and respected leader in the cheese industry, both in the United States and abroad.
From left to right: Howard Schuman (Arthur’s son), Arthur Schuman (started the business in 1945), Jerome Schuman (Arthur’s son)

Timeline

Click on the decades to see how Schuman Cheese has “aged” over the years

1945

Arthur Schuman begins New York-based importing business with sons Jerome and Howard
Arthur Schuman establishes relationship with Zanetti that remains today


1946

Business is incorporated as Arthur Schuman, Inc. with an office in New York City


1948

Jerome Schuman goes to Argentina to begin importing South American cheeses


1951

Arthur Schuman is named president of Cheese Importers Association of America


1956

Company is appointed exclusive agent for Roquefort Cheese


1960

Arthur Schuman is awarded the Ordre Du Mérite Agricole


1962

Howard Schuman is named president


1962

Jerome Schuman is named president of Cheese Importers Association of America


1964

French Abbey Port du Salut launches in United States


1972

Operations move to New Jersey


1974

Acquisition: Robin Packing


1977

Howard Schuman is awarded the Ordre Du Mérite Agricole


1978

Jerome Schuman is named president


1980

Represent SanCor Ltda product launches


1985

Represent Conaprole product launches

Neal Schuman (Jerome’s son) is named CEO


1986

Neal Schuman is named president of Cheese Importers Association of America


1987

Neal Schuman is awarded the Ordre Du Mérite Agricole


1989

Office opens in Poland


1991

Acquisition: Polser in Siemiatycze, Poland


1997

Joan Allen (third generation) joins company


1998

Acquisition: Imperia Foods


1999

Current headquarters office and plant open in Fairfield, New Jersey


2002

Jack Schwarz is named Executive Specialty Import President


2006

Acquisition: Grater Inc.

Company acquires Lake Country Dairy and begins cheese production


2007

Allison Schuman (fourth generation) joins company


2008

Acquisition: Masson Cheese

Timmah Allen (fourth generation) joins company

Davis McCarty (fourth generation) joins company


2009

Acquisition: Bleu cheese production facility in Montfort, Wisconsin


2010

Recognized among top 20 private companies in New Jersey


2011

Neal Schuman is selected by U.S. Government to begin four terms of service on Dairy and Animal, ATAC committee

Joan Allen assumes leadership of export division


2012

Ian Schuman (fourth generation) joins company


2014

Company becomes exclusive U.S. distributor of Dodoni Greek cheeses

Distribution center opens in Henderson, Nevada


2015

First Asian office opens in Hong Kong

Cello Whisps product launches


2016

Yellow Door Creamery brand launches, introducing Hand Rubbed Fontina products

Arthur Schuman, Inc. announces name change to Schuman Cheese

Branch office opens in New York City

Keith Schuman (fourth generation) joins company


2017

Yellow Door Creamery brand introduces Alpine Collection

Neil Schuman is honored as the EY Family Business Entrepreneur of The Year


2018

Lake Country Dairy is named Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods magazine

Alpine Collection earns second consecutive Grand Master title at Wisconsin State Fair


2019

New Cello brand debuts, along with Copper Kettle Chisels