About Us

ACS is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. At more than 2,400 members strong – nearly a doubling of membership in its last decade of operation – ACS provides the cheese community with educational resources and networking opportunities, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking focused on safety and sustainability.


ACS members identify themselves according to the following professional demographics, as of October 2023:

  • 41% Cheesemakers*
  • 19% Retailers
  • 9% Distributors/Brokers
  • 2% Trade Equipment Suppliers
  • 7% Advisers/Academics/Students
  • 5% Specialty Food Producers
  • 7% Enthusiasts, who are mainly consumers
  • 3% Restaurants/Food Service/Chefs
  • 3% Media/Writers/Public Relations
  • 4% Other

 *includes producers of other cultured dairy products

The ACS Universe