The Henri Willig Group, producer of fine cheese, offers consumers pure and distinctive quality products and is a professional, sustainable partner for its clients, employees and suppliers, embodying respect for people, animals and nature.
Henri Willig has been producing artisanal cheeses in its own cheese-making facilities in Katwoude and Heerenveen since 1974. The varieties and flavors are of high quality and are appreciated internationally. Well-known own brands are Henri Willig and Hooidammer.
Henri Willig grew up in Katwoude. His parents ran a dairy farm there. As the only son in a family of five, Henri attended the primary agricultural school. In 1974 he took over his father's farm, together with his wife Riet. The enterprising farmer quickly played with the idea of making his own cheese. He took a course in cheese making and became so skilled at it that he decided to produce cheese on his own farm. His passion did not go unnoticed. The cheese farm, located in the beautiful Waterland polder landscape, soon became an attraction for foreign tourists.
What began as a new challenge for Henri Willig's farming business grew into a thriving cheese factory and top destination for cheese lovers. Henri Willig exports its special cheeses to more than 35 countries. In addition, Henri Willig receives millions of visitors each year in his own stores and cheese farms.