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Willows based company creates kits featuring products from struggling cheesemakers

A cheese company based in Willows is creating kits that feature cheese made by struggling artisans in Northern California.

Posted: May 8, 2020 11:22 AM

WILLOWS, Calif. - A cheese company based in Willows is selling kits that feature cheese made by struggling artisans in Northern California. 

Ray Rumiano the co-owner of "Rumiano Cheese" says since the coronavirus pandemic began, small scale cheesemakers have taken a hit, with sales going down as low as 50%.

Restaurants are huge buyers of those cheesemakers, but since so many restaurants have shut down - demand is down.

Small scale cheesemakers typically rely on foodservice and grocery stores to package their cheese, because they have no means of doing it themselves.

“A lot of them have no opportunity to package their product ahead of time, so the stores are now cutting and wrapping those products," Rumiano said.

So Rumiano is partnering up with those struggling cheesemakers and making a kit called "Board at Home."

"Board at Home was born in that there are others out there that could use some help,” Rumiano said.

The kit includes cheese, crackers, and wine from local artisans.

Every box that the company sells, five percent of its proceeds will go back to the James Beard Relief Fund. It’s a nonprofit that helps restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the kit, you will also find honey made from "Chico Honey Company."

“Honey and cheese is a pairing that is amazing, once you try like blue cheese and honey together you realize they’re really made for each other,” said Lyle Ferguson, a representative from Chico Honey Company.

Right now Rumiano is only selling the kits in the San Francisco Bay Area but he's trying to find a way to sell it in Northern California.

For more info on the "Board at Home," product, CLICK HERE.

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