One of the nation’s leading cheese producers waited much too long to object to a jerky and smoked meat company’s use of the word “Tillamook,” the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
The Tillamook County Creamery Association is a well-known producer cooperative that makes cheese at a factory on Oregon’s coast. It is described in court papers as the second-largest producer of some varieties, behind Kraft. The cooperative formed in 1909.