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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Post # 97 - Michigan Brand Old Fashioned Cottage Cheese - 2/3/2010

My friend John brought this to my attention.  Michigan Brand Cottage Cheese, by all indications on the container, is not made in Michigan.  When he pointed this out, he also mentioned how good their cottage cheese is.  I tried it--it's the best I've ever had.  Very little of the wet stuff in there.  I recommend it!
Subject: Curds
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 22:25:59 -0500

Dear Michigan Brand Cottage Cheese,

So there I was, planning an All-Michigan Brands party for my seventh grade class at Booferton Elementary. Isaac Booferton was a settler in the 1840’s who single-handedly wrestled a pack of rabid wolves to protect the others as they settled our land. He died soon after, due to the wounds, but his sacrifices allowed the others to live. Our school is named in honor of his great grandson, the town gynecologist, who had a mistress and donated a lot of money.

Back to the topic. Students were instructed to bring in something made in Michigan for the class to share. There was Faygo Root Beer, Better Made Chips, Bumpy Cake, Vernor’s Ginger Ale, those Awry Windmill Cookies, Dearborn Ham, Germack Pistachios, Sander’s Hot Fudge Sundaes, Kowalski Sausage, and my contribution, Michigan Brand Old Fashioned Cottage Cheese.

One of the kids quickly pointed out that Michigan Brand Old Fashioned Cottage Cheese is made not in Michigan, but in… Ohio. I was the laughing stock. I lost control of the class. Later in the week, Principal Jefferson audited my class. Afterward, I was scolded, right in front of the lunch lady with the Pizzaburgers and the plastic glove box.

Why would you manufacture Michigan Brand Old Fashioned Cottage Cheese in Ohio? People buy your stuff thinking they’re supporting Michigan. Aren’t you sort of selling a lie, curd by curd? It’s like finding out Mickey Mantle corked his bat, or Dolly Parton stuffed her bra. While we’re talking about curds, there were some small ones in there among the large ones.

Response from I & K Distributors on 2/4/2010

Mr. Herman

I’m going to side with you. Reread the container it says “distributed by” not manufactured. Michigan Brand Cottage is in fact made in Michigan. I & K is the exclusive distributor and we just happen to be in Ohio, with distribution points in Michigan. Hope this helps you regain your class and earn an apology from the principle.

I & K Distributors
My response to Melissa, dated 2/4/2010:


Thanks for the info. I'm going to be dishing out a little weekend homework.

Maybe someone should slap a "Made in Michigan" sticker on those bad boys.

Thanks again,

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  1. Michigan Cottage cheese use to be in Otsego Michigan in the 1970's

  2. I am so relieved to read that it really IS made in MICHIGAN. Thank you for your bold and provocative journalism!

  3. Michigan old fashioned cheese is made in Michigan. That is a fact.

  4. Michigan old fashioned cheese is made in Michigan. That is a fact.

  5. Yes Bill and Erin, you are correct. Michigan Brand Cottage Cheese is made in Michigan and distributed by I & K, located in Ohio. The distributor clarified that in the exchange above.