Dave Viviani honored by California Cheese and Butter Association
Given Lifetime Achievement Award
Sonoma Valley native David Viviani, former president and co-owner of Sonoma Cheese Factory for 40 years, is being honored this week as the first recipient of the California Cheese & Butter Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He will also be the state organization's first inductee into its CCBA Hall of Fame at its annual meeting this week at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
Viviani has been involved with the California Cheese & Butter Association for more than 30 years. He served on CCBA's board of directors for the past 15 years, and was the association president from 2007 - 2010.
He was also president and co-owner of Sonoma Cheese Factory, founded by his grandfather in 1931 and home of "Sonoma Jack." In honoring Viviani CCBA noted that he is a known and highly regarded food professional who has vast experience marketing California specialty products locally and nationally. CCBA also cited his dedication to his endeavors in the dairy industry.
In addition to his experience in local food production, marketing and distribution, Viviani has been involved with several other professional and civic organizations and served as president or chairman of the U.S. Cheese Maker's Association, Dairy Council of California, California Creamery Operators Association, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.