July 2, 2018
Vermont Business Magazine
Liz Bankowski, President and CEO of The Windham Foundation, announced today that Ruth Flore has been appointed CEO of the Grafton Village Cheese Company, a subsidiary of The Windham Foundation, effective August 20, 2018. Presently Flore manages marketing and business development of several partner brands for Norseland Inc. - the sales and marketing agent for Jarlsberg and other specialty cheeses. She has over two decades of experience in the industry including early in her career with Vermont Creamery.
Bankowski said: “Ruth has played a significant role in developing the specialty cheese sector in the United States. Her deep and broad experience makes her an ideal leader to help GVCC capitalize on new opportunities and to strengthen our core business.”
Flore has been a leading member of the American Cheese Society since its early days serving as President and on the board of directors. She co-founded the Cheese of Choice Coalition in 1999 to protect the production and sales of raw milk cheese in the US. Re-launched in 2015 as the Oldways Cheese Coalition, she serves on the Advisory Committee. She is a member of the prestigious Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and a judge for the Royal Bath & West British Cheese Awards.
Grafton Village Cheese of Grafton, Vt., was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese.
Today, Grafton Cheese aged cheddar and specialty cheeses are made using traditional methods and are recognized for quality and taste. It can be found nationwide at specialty grocers and cheese markets, at its specialty cheese and wine shop in Brattleboro, Vt., and at MurraysCheese.com.
Headquartered in Grafton, Vermont, the Windham Foundation is an operating foundation engaged in philanthropic, charitable and educational activities. Since its inception in 1963, its mission is to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries, The Grafton Village Cheese Company and The Grafton Inn, whose operations contribute to these endeavors.