In the 1950s, George Merkt and his wife set up a small cheese and sausage shop near Salem, Wisconsin. That storefront was the beginning of Merkts Cheese Company, giving birth to a cheesemaking tradition of 100% Real Wisconsin Cheddar that continues to this day.
In 1982, Merkts Cheese Company moved to Bristol, Wisconsin. Quality Merkts Cheese Spreads and other cheese products were produced there for two decades. In April 2002 the company joined forces with Bel Brands USA, itself a company with a history of fine cheesemaking that dates back to 1865. Today, Merkts Cheese Spreads are produced under the auspices of Bel Brands USA in Little Chute, Wisconsin...and as always, only with 100% Real Wisconsin Cheddar.