It takes a premium cheese portfolio to stand out among a collection of over 4,500 entries from across 43 countries—and that’s just what Lioni Latticini has done. The cheesemaker recently took home coveted gold and silver awards for its Bufala Fresca and Ricotta di Bufala at the 2023 World Cheese Awards.
“It is genuinely rewarding to be acknowledged for distinction and excellence in cheesemaking for both of our buffalo milk products on a worldwide stage by a global cheese community,” commented Salvatore Salzarulo, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Lioni Latticini.
According to a press release, Lioni’s Bufala Fresca Mozzarella won Gold while the Ricotta di Bufala cheese took home Silver; this award is the second time Lioni won Gold at the World Cheese Awards for its Bufala Fresca product, having garnered the title previously in 2018. Experts judged each competition entry based on several factors, including appearance, aroma, body, texture, and most notably, flavor and mouthfeel.
The brand’s Bufala products are crafted in the United States using 100 percent grass-fed buffalo milk imported from Italy. The Bufala fresca offering has a 21-day shelf-life from the date of manufacture and is currently available in 4 oz for retail, as well as 4 and 8 oz for foodservice. Ricotta di Bufala, on the other hand, has a shelf-life of 14 days from the date of manufacture and is currently available in a 12 oz, random-weight package sold to foodservice, with a newly designed retail pack in production.
The company’s La Linea Premium line has garnered World Cheese awards throughout the years, including its well-known Burrata Con Panna (Gold/2012), Burrata Con Tartufo (Super Gold/2015), and Stracciatella Panna di Latte (Bronze/2022).
Congrats to this cheesemaker on its recent awards!