The History of Real California Cheese

California’s cheese industry dates back to the gold rush when many pioneers who trekked to California brought along cows as a way of supplying dairy to their families.

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Legend of Monterey Jack

Prized for its delicious taste, Monterey Jack is a descendant of a cheese produced in the California missions more than 200 years ago. But who was Monterey Jack anyway?

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Over Four Decades of Tradition


The year 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). For over four decades the CMAB has promoted California dairy products to consumers, driving awareness and demand for California’s wide range of dairy products—from fluid milk and cheese—to butter and ice cream.

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Real California Cheese Turns 25


Since its adoption in 1984, the Real California Cheese seal has promoted California’s booming cheese industry. The seal’s certification mark was created to assure consumers were purchasing natural cheese made in California exclusively with milk sourced from California’s dairy families.

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