NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC
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Case Study: Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory

Born and raised on the Krause Dairy in Wisconsin, Chuck Krause has more than 40 years of experience making cheese.  He is a fourth-generation cheese maker; his family made cheddar for Kraft. After the Krause Dairy was sold in 1988 to Frigo Cheese, Chuck worked for Frigo for several years, launching and troubleshooting cheese plants throughout California.  In 1995 he located to Tucumcari and purchased an old Coca-Cola bottling plant which happened to be perfect for making cheese. While cheddar requires aging and is a highly-competitive market, Krause found his niche in Feta. In 2008, Tucumcari Mountain’s feta received second place in the Biennial World Champion Cheese Competition (second only to a Denmark cheese company), which made it the number one cheese of choice among U.S. customers.

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New Mexico has a quality dairy industry and now a business environment that is friendly to manufacturers. I look forward to producing and exporting even more of my product within and outside of New Mexico’s borders.”
Chuck Krause, Founder & CEO

New Mexico is a Top Mover in Adjusted Export Value per Manufacturing & Service Worker, moving from a ranking of 50 to 26 in four years. (2014 State New Economy Index)