Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. was founded in 1994 by Miguel & Martina Leal, originally of Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Miguel started working with a friend that believed in Miguel's dream. They began this story with an Amish Cheese Factory Co-op in Ohio. Here they would produce American type cheese in the morning and in the afternoon Miguel would work on his own recipe to produce 60lb wheels of Queso Cotija cheese ~ the parmesan of Mexico. When the recipe was formulated to perfection, the next big question was how to sell the cheese. Miguel found that the closest Mexican market was Chicago, 500 miles away. Making the cheese on one day and taking it to market the next, Miguel would drive to Chicago twice a week, selling his Cotija wheels to the produce and meat wholesalers in the city's famous Water Market District.
After a few months, people started to recognize the quality and authenticity of the Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. products. Following a few years of long days and real tenacity, the strong demand for MCP products encouraged Miguel to make the difficult decision to buy a factory in Wisconsin. This would bring Miguel one step closer to his goal ~ to produce more volume, be closer to the market, and most importantly, to utilize the finest quality milk in the country ~ Wisconsin milk.
This is when Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. started diversification of the types and presentations of Mexican cheese. By the beginning of 1998, MCP had already gained a percentage of the market in the Eastern United States.
Once again, production levels encouraged Miguel to take another step, coming closer to his dream by building a new, state of the art, 40,000 square foot cheese factory, fully inspected by the U.S.D.A. This facility is where Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. manufactures only the most authentic Mexican and Caribbean dairy products. All of the MCP dairy products are tested and approved by United States Certified Silliker Laboratories before shipment.
Besides producing the highest quality, authentic cheese and cream, Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. is constantly developing leading products, such as our drinkable yogurt cups and bolyogurt sticks. As America embraces the La Chona Mexican and Playero Caribbean dairy families, you can be sure that Mexican Cheese Producers, Inc. is committed to offering only the finest quality products on the market.
Thank you for reading "our story" ~ what the American dream is all about: an idea, hard work, and continually striving for excellence.