Cheese Merchants offers a great domestic alternative to an extremely popular international cheese!

With the extreme volatility of international markets, Italian Cheese such as Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, and Parmigania Reggiano have been experiencing all-time high prices. What if we told you there was a more affordable and high-quality alternative? Through IPAP, Cheese Merchants offers domestic wheels of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago under the Mama Francesca Brand.

All of these domestic products come in easy-to-use 20 lb wheels making them perfect for cheese boards, tableside grating, and as an ingredient incorporated in your favorite recipe.

Cheese Merchants’ Mama Francesca Domestic Parmesan Cheese Wheels are sourced from finest Wisconsin cheese plants. The Parmesan is then aged for a minimum of 10 months and is available with or without black wax.

In addition to the Parmesan, the Romano cheese is aged for a minimum of 5 months and the Asiago is aged for a minimum of 6 months.

All of these items are available through IPAP and their item numbers can be found below. Please reach out to your Account Manager for more information!

62501- Mama Francesca Parmesan Wheel in Black Wax

30557- Mama Francesca Romano Wheel

13570- Mama Francesca Parmesan Wheel

81455- Mama Francesca Asiago Wheel

Springtime is here and it’s that time of year to recognize April as National Grilled Cheese Month!

Our friends at Schreiber have just what you need to help you celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month, American Cheese Slices! Why American cheese? Due to its production process, American cheese will melt consistently into a creamy texture every time and will be a culinary glue for any additional add ins.

Did you know that 96% of customers know about grilled cheese and of those customers 82% like grilled cheese? Also 26.6% of menus have grilled cheese on it!

Looking to enhance your menu? Check out these two menu build inspirations:

Add in fillers such as: bacon, ham or scrambled eggs. Vegetables are also a good flavor enhancer; grilled onions or roasted tomatoes.

Change up the grilling agent by trying a compound butter made with seasonings and herbs or switch to mayo for a higher cooking temp and crisper crust.

There’s a reason American cheese is consistently rated as the cheese of choice for grilled cheese sandwiches! Connect with your Account Manager to stock up with the most important grilled cheese ingredient.