Henri Willig, Specialist Cheese Maker

Henri Willig is a maker of Dutch cheese specialities, the most well-known of which is Baby Gouda. Goat's cheese, sheep's cheese and organic cheese are examples of specialities made from our own recipes. Henri Willig develops his own cheese products in his own cheese factory and exports cheese to over 30 countries.

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The Henri Willig history

For over 40 years, Henri Willig has been producing traditional cheeses in its own cheese dairies in Katwoude and Heerenveen in the Netherlands. Their premium quality varieties and flavours are internationally appreciated. Well-known corporate brands are Henri Willig [link], Hooidammer and Polderkaas.

Henri Willig was raised in Katwoude where his parents had a dairy farm. Being the only son in a family of five, Henri went to agricultural school. In 1974, he and his wife Riet took over the family farm from his father. The farmer soon toyed with the idea to venture into making cheese himself. He took a course in cheese-making and before long he was so skilled in it that he decided to make cheese at his own farm. His passion did not go unnoticed: the cheese farm, located in the beautiful Waterland polder quickly attracted foreign tourists.

What started as a new challenge for Henri Willig’s farm developed into a flourishing cheese dairy and a top tourist attraction. Henri Willig exports his special cheese to over 30 countries. In addition, Henri Willig welcomes millions of visitors in his own shops and cheese farms.