Peterson Cheese

We are a family-owned specialty food importer and distributor

Peek behind the scenes & discover what we do! This is our story.

What we do

We are a family-owned and –operated specialty food importer, distributor, and converter based in Auburn, WA and Moonachie, NJ. We offer DSD service in the Pacific Northwest Region and partner with respected distributors across the country to offer our unique range of products in every major market.

Who we are

We are people who are passionate about food, family, and a job well done.

We are a single, cohesive team ready to serve you in the way we believe is right: reliable, honest, and fair.

We truly walk the walk when it comes to top-notch customer service by empowering our people to use good judgment in each situation to provide the best possible service. We are proud to be known as "the one that takes care of the customer."

We believe that if we take care of our customers, employees, and suppliers they will respond in kind, and we choose to conduct business with integrity and a spirit of partnership.

Where we started


Seattle, WA

Our company is founded in the Queen Anne neighborhood by Floyd Peterson, who served the local Scandinavian fishing community with imported foods from the old country.


Seattle, WA

Brothers George and Chuck Lyden purchase the company from their uncle Floyd and move operations to the Magnolia neighborhood. The brothers begin importing a wider variety of European specialty foods in response to growing awareness and demand.


Auburn, WA

George and Chuck move operations to our current location in Auburn, WA. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet our operational needs and provides ample space for future growth.


Moonachie, NJ

The family purchases a second facility in Moonachie, NJ to store, convert, and ship products arriving from Europe.


Auburn, WA

After growing up in the business and decades of working it, Brian and Laurra assume active ownership from their father George and uncle Chuck and prepare to take the company into the future!

Today, the Peterson Company is a leading importer of European specialty foods. We are a major regional distributor in the Pacific Northwest and our reach extends across the country through a network of regional distribution partners and warehouses on both coasts. As a mainstay in the industry, we have developed strong long-term relationships with leading domestic and international suppliers large and small. We work closely and in partnership with our vendors to bring unique and exciting new products to market that meet demand and embrace food trends.