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Over 40 Years of Industry Leadership, Innovation, and Excellence

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In 1970 Ray and June Gaddis established Pacific Cheese Company, the West Coast’s first broadline cheese supplier. As industry pioneers, they were instrumental in the expansion of the California cheese industry and laid the groundwork for the company’s growth into one of the country’s leading suppliers of premier-quality, natural cheeses.

Today, a second generation of the Gaddis family oversees the company’s success and industry leadership.

"My father started this company as a small cheese brokerage with just five employees and a passion for cheese. As California's dairy industry grew, so did we. Today, Pacific Cheese is proud to be the leading supplier of premium-quality natural cheese. We’re looking forward to a very bright future."
- Steve Gaddis, President

Our Leadership Team

Steve Gaddis

Steve Gaddis, President & CEO

Steve joined his family’s business in 1974, and has since led Pacific Cheese’s growth into one of the largest broadline cheese suppliers in the country. He passionately drove the company’s expansion by sourcing, importing and exporting cheese products from around the world.

Tony Ricker

Tony Ricker, President, Retail Sales Division

Tony has deep experience in the CPG industry, including operations, quality, sales & marketing, customer service and general management. He began his career at Kraft where he spent nearly 20 years focused in the cheese and dairy sectors. Tony has also held executive positions in the baking industry at Campbell Taggert, Earthgrains and Sara Lee, and led the General Mills sales and merchandising team for CROSSMARK prior to joining Pacific Cheese in 2010.

Bob Leonard

Bob Leonard, President, Foodservice Division

Bob’s 30-plus year career in the foodservice industry began as a street rep for a national foodservice distributor. He then moved from distribution to manufacturing, working in sales for cheese manufacturers for nearly 2 decades. With strong dedication to servicing customers’ needs, Bob has been instrumental in establishing, growing and maintaining Pacific Cheese’s leadership in foodservice sales over the past 14 years.