The Big Cheeses

Small compared to the nation’s other producers, Oregon’s cheese industry plays a big part in the state’s reputation for artisanal food. Here’s a look at how three cheesemakers survived the pandemic and are positioning themselves for an uncertain future.

Brand Energizer

In the 1980s, Turtle Island Foods blazed a trail in the manufacture of plant-based foods. Its CEO is now faced with the task of retaining market share in an increasingly competitive vegan-food market.

Big Enough to Fail

The bankruptcy of NORPAC Foods shows the crisis that farm cooperatives face in the race to become national brands.

Just Add Water

OFD Foods expands its well-known freeze-dried meal pouches to cater to young, busy professionals.