Lebanon Cheese Company – Making Quality Italian Cheese Since 1929

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About Lebanon Cheese


In May of 1929, Grazielle Fiore Lotito (Grace) and Cristofaro Lotito (Chris) were both overjoyed at the birth of their sixth (and, to be, last) child, and struggling through what was to be one of America’s most discouraging times, the “Great Depression.” Chris, an Italian immigrant from the city of Bari, was a successful mason and builder, as well as a smart businessman and salesman. Grace, also from Bari, came from a long line of Italian cheese makers. In October of 1929, as the Depression took its toll on the construction industry and the economy, the Lotito Family, consisting of Chris’ mother and father, Grace’s mother, Chris, Grace, and their six children packed up their belongings and left Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. They moved to a large single family home, adjoining a run-down building that was to become the birthplace of the Lebanon Cheese Factory, in Lebanon, New Jersey. Their plan: to utilize Chris’ skill as a salesman and Grace’s talent as a cheese maker to start a factory to manufacture and sell fresh Italian cheeses throughout New Jersey and New York.

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