Rians to acquire Marin French Cheese

by Keith Nunes
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PETALUMA, CALIF. — Rians, the brand of Laiteries H. Triballat, a family-owned French company with a portfolio of artisan cheese brands, announced plans to acquire the Marin French Cheese Co. Terms of the agreement, which is expected to be finalized in May, were not disclosed.

As part of the acquisition, Rians plans to complete expansion of the Marin French Cheese plant and aging facilities and retain all employees of the company. Maxx Sherman, manager of Marin French, will transition to director of national sales for the company.

In 2006 Rians purchased neighboring Sonoma goat cheese producer Laura Chenel’s Chèvre and recently completed building a new creamery. Marie Lesoudier, general manager of Laura Chenel’s Chèvre, will oversee all activities at Marin French Cheese Co., according to Rians.

“While we have created a tremendous partnership, each company’s operations will remain separate,” Ms. Lesoudier said. “Both companies will share their expertise in production, marketing and distribution in order to provide consumers the finest hand-made artisan cheeses from Northern California.”

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