Mission & Values

    Vision Statement

    ACS is the leader in promoting and supporting American cheeses.

    Mission Statement

    ACS provides the cheese community with educational resources and networking opportunities, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking focused on safety and sustainability.

    Core Values

    Network and Communicate: Support, promote and connect cheesemakers to other cheesemakers. The informal sharing of best practices, techniques, and marketing efforts.

    Education and Resources: The resource for programs, education, technology, legislation, and business models for successful cheesemaking.

    Sustainability: Committed to physical and financial methods that ensure the ability to survive and thrive at being self-sufficient in a community with a common focus.


    Membership in the American Cheese Society is available to anyone involved in the trade or simply passionate about American-made specialty and artisanal cheeses.

    Membership in ACS is constantly growing, with memberships available at the Associate, Individual, Small Business, and Corporate levels. ACS members identify themselves according to the following professional demographic:

    • 38% Cheesemakers/Buttermakers
    • 20% Retailers
    • 15% Distributors/Brokers
    • 4% Advisors/Academics/Students
    • 4% Enthusiasts, who are mainly consumers
    • 3% Trade Equipment Suppliers
    • 2% Cheese Guilds/Supporting Organizations
    • 2% Press/Writers/Public Relations
    • 1% Government Agencies
    • 1% Restaurants/Food Service/Chefs
    • 1% Specialty Food Producers
    • 1% Dairy Suppliers
    • 3% Other