Kurt Beecher Dammeier

Founder & CEO
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Kurt Beecher Dammeier joined the food community in 1999 by forming Sugar Mountain, a family of food businesses including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle and New York City.

In 2006, Kurt launched the Pure Food Kids Foundation, funded by the ongoing donation of 1% of all sales from Sugar Mountain companies. The Foundation operates the Pure Food Kids Workshop, which over the past decade has empowered more than 90,000 4th and 5th grade students in the Puget Sound area and New York City to make healthy food choices for life. Kurt is launching a series of food system change initiatives focusing on adult nutrition education, labeling transparency, and school food.


  • Gatorade is the New Cigarette – Kurt Beecher


    Kurt Beecher Dammeier’s talk compares the early media campaigns of cigarettes to that of today’s advertising of sports drinks like Gatorade, and warns that the health consequences of sugary drinks may be on par with cigarettes.