Cypress Grove in Arcata bought by Swi...

Cypress Grove in Arcata bought by Swiss cheese giant

There are 58 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Aug 21, 2010, titled Cypress Grove in Arcata bought by Swiss cheese giant. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

Arcata's locally owned and nationally renowned goat cheese maker -- has been sold.

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sarah

Kingston, NY

#1 Aug 21, 2010
The next phase of Cypress Grove begins. I imagine it will be even more wonderful, if that's possible. Good luck to all
question

Mountain View, CA

#2 Aug 21, 2010
so who's the big cheese over there now?
country joe

Palo Cedro, CA

#3 Aug 21, 2010
Now we know why Cypress Grove campaigned for bull dozing a big road straight through the redwood groves
----the Swiss "Giant" couldn't roll right in.
McKinleyville

Pleasant Hill, CA

#5 Aug 21, 2010
Excellent story. Always nice to hear when local companies hit it big. Goat cheese? Who woulda thunk it.
Idget

Eureka, CA

#6 Aug 21, 2010
Yakima 2.0
CheezWhiz

Santa Rosa, CA

#7 Aug 21, 2010
'Grate' for them, Hope it means 'grate' for us too.
Localvore

United States

#8 Aug 21, 2010
This is our reward for buying locally: the owner's exploit our local spirit, then sell out when they can bag our money and leave. Suckers! Never again.
El Loco Bean

Alameda, CA

#9 Aug 21, 2010
No cheese in the world is better than Velveta Cheese. You don't even have to refrigerate it.
MDB

New Bern, NC

#10 Aug 21, 2010
No wonder Cypress was pushing to log Richardson Grove!! Kill the beautiful drive for a business deal!This must have been in the works for some time. yakima, one more time. I'll buy my goat cheese from anyone else now...What a shame.

“HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE”

Since: Dec 07

McKinleyville

#11 Aug 21, 2010
See, even locals can be "bought" by greed!

Spare the hypocritical "buy local" b-s.

Its obvious it is the corporate, mega business models capable of entering into fascist arrangements with the USDA while further cornering the food markets! Too bad another local could never pay enough to outbid the fascist corporatist thinkers.

Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
Koolaid declined

Cave Junction, OR

#12 Aug 21, 2010
El Loco Bean wrote:
No cheese in the world is better than Velveta Cheese. You don't even have to refrigerate it.
You can fish with it, too! I really hope the employees keep their jobs That little cheese factory in Bandon Oregon was also given similar promises by Tillamook when they took over. Tillamook leveled the facility leaving nothing but a gravel lot. Crewsq lost jobs and no means to resurrect another cheese factory.

What are trimmers making these days,$20 an hour? Always work in Humboldt.
Jeff E

Eureka, CA

#13 Aug 21, 2010
Jeffrey Lytle wrote:
See, even locals can be "bought" by greed!
Spare the hypocritical "buy local" b-s.
Its obvious it is the corporate, mega business models capable of entering into fascist arrangements with the USDA while further cornering the food markets! Too bad another local could never pay enough to outbid the fascist corporatist thinkers.
Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
Pardon me in advance in case you were just trying to make a joke, but you really are amazing and I don't mean it in a good way.
anon

Arcata, CA

#14 Aug 21, 2010
I agree, no wonder they want to get RG done. No big surprise.
fun time

Eureka, CA

#15 Aug 21, 2010
OK people now tell us again why we should support all those local businesses?

Sure will be nice once we get some top line chain restaurants and Home Depot,
WalMart, etc in the area.

Maybe the way to get Home Depot is for them to buy Piersons.
Fog Lover

Shingletown, CA

#16 Aug 21, 2010
Congratulations Mary.
Unfortunate

Mckinleyville, CA

#18 Aug 21, 2010
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Another one bites the dust! Next week's edition, Big-Box marijuana! Sell your house and land while you still can.
Humboldt Thug

Georgetown, TX

#19 Aug 21, 2010
Terrible news. Now they are going to expand and hire more people. If we want to keep Humboldt small, local companies have to stop creating jobs.
Middle of the road

Rancho Cordova, CA

#20 Aug 21, 2010
Way cool, some international stability. Sure hope Keehn put a stipulation in the sale that the plant can't be shuttered and that if it needs to be sold it's to locals.
Old Town

New Bern, NC

#21 Aug 21, 2010
Look, if she was going to sell out, and it seems pretty much anyone will, at least she tried to insure that they keep the company here and retain their employees, but I'd have to see the contract to know just what assurances there are that in five years, they won't close the door, make the cheese in some big city, but still keep the name. From the story as written, it sounds like Mary worked hard to insure that does not happen.

I do have to say that for her to push for the Richardson Grove road widening when she's willing to sell out seems wrong.

There was a family who bought a home in Trinidad west of Stagecoach Rd, who closed off a trial that locals had been using since before time, to access the public beach. The trail was far from their home, but they could see folks walking from across the meadow and these former city folks put up a fence to close the beach access. Two years later, they sold the property and moved, forever changing the way of life for those they left behind, many of whom had always lived in the neighborhood.

One question I have is will the Independent Business Alliance drop them as members, since they no longer qualify?
Arcata Dude

Arcata, CA

#22 Aug 21, 2010
One question that was not answered in the article was if Cypress Grove was in trouble and needed a financial boost of if this is just the owner cashing out. I suspect it's the latter since Cypress Grove is a pretty powerful brand in gourmet cheeses.

I've been involved in multile merger/acquisitions and they all share one thing in common: The purchasing company makes statements to the effect that nothing will change, and then they come in and change everything.

I consider this the likely end of Cypress Grove cheese. It will take a while, but eventually corporate cost-cutting and other decisions from afar will eat away at the product quality and company until it's either gone or unrecognizable.

Well done Cypress Grove.

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