The 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest® drew nearly 3,000 entries from 29 countries. Among the winners taking home recognitions was Arla Foods US; the cheesemaker received global recognition as the producer of the world’s best smoked Gouda cheese.
“We are thrilled to be honored by such a prestigious organization in the industry,” said Dave Newman, Master Cheesemaker. “At Arla, we strive to deliver best-in-class, high-quality dairy products, and recognition from the World Championship Cheese Contest reinforces our dedication to the craft.”
At the event, the company’s Castello® Smoked Cracked Pepper Gouda won best Smoked Gouda cheese, and was identified as one of the top 20 cheeses. Castello Smoked Cracked Black Pepper Gouda combines mild and creamy Gouda cheese with the earthy kick of cracked peppercorn, then is lightly smoked over hickory wood chips to reach a rich, delectable smoky flavor.
In addition to its Best Of Class award in the “Smoked Gouda” category, Arla also received both the Best Of Class and second place award in the “Havarti Flavored” category for its Dill Havarti cheese, earning Gold and Silver medals.
Arla Foods, known for its commitment to producing high-quality dairy in the most natural and sustainable way, has also been recognized by members of the Wisconsin Senate as the number one producer of Havarti Cheese in the United States, noted the release. The Wisconsin Hollandtown dairy was built in 1897. Today, the plant employs over 200 people and produces specialty cheese types, including Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina.
For those looking to sample Arla’s award-winning cheese, the company will be exhibiting at the upcoming National Restaurant Show and International Dairy Deli Bakery Association trade shows.
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