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Real California Cheeses Sweep Competition

Real California Cheeses Sweep Competition


TRACEY, CA
Thursday, August 8th, 2019

It’s a great time to be associated with California! Cow’s milk cheese and dairy processors that use the Real California Milk seal brought home 50 awards from the 2019 annual cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society (ACS).

California cheesemakers won a total of 81 awards—the second largest showing in the competition, according to a press release—with Real California cow’s milk cheeses bringing home 50 prizes: 19 first-place, 20 second-place, and 11 third-place awards in this year’s judging.

Real California Cheese did an outstanding job at this year's annual cheese competition held by ACS

Highlights from these wins include:

  • Marquez Brothers International, San Jose – 15 awards:
    • 1st place each for Panela (Hispanic and Portuguese Style Cheeses), Crema Agria, Plain Stir Yogurt (Cultured Milk and Cream Products), Guava Drinkable Yogurt, Mango Drinkable Yogurt, Strawberry Banana Drinkable Yogurt, and Strawberry Drinkable Yogurt (Flavored Cheeses/Yogurts & Cultured Products with Flavor Added)
    • 2nd place each for Jocoque (Cultured Milk and Cream Products), Queso Fresco Casero Cheese, Queso Fresco Cremoso Cheese (Hispanic and Portuguese Style Cheeses), Peach Drinkable Yogurt, Piña Colada Drinkable Yogurt, and Strawberry Banana Cereal Smoothie (Flavored Cheeses/Yogurts & Cultured Products with Flavor Added)
    • 3rd place each for Queso Cotija (Hispanic and Portuguese Style Cheeses) and Guava Stir Yogurt (Flavored Cheeses/Yogurts & Cultured Products with Flavor Added)
  • Karoun Dairies, Turlock – five awards:
    • 1st place each for Brinza Feta (Feta – Cow’s Milk) and Masala Yogurt Dip (Flavored Cheeses/Yogurts & Cultured Products with Flavor Added)
    • 2nd for Bulgarian Yogurt (Cultured Milk and Cream Products)
    • 3rd each for Whole Milk Yogurt and Armenian Yogurt (Cultured Milk and Cream Products)
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Pt. Reyes – five awards:
    • 1st place each for Point Reyes Bay Blue (Blue Mold Cheeses), The Fork Pimento Cheese and The Fork Original Blue & Date Spread (Flavored Cheeses)
    • 3rd each for Point Reyes Toma (American Originals) and Point Reyes Tomaprovence (Flavored Cheeses)
  • Cowgirl Creamery, Petaluma – four awards:
    • 2nd place each for Fromage Blanc (Fresh Unripened Cheeses), Pierce Point (Flavored Cheeses) and Mt. Tam (Soft Ripened Cheeses)
    • 3rd for Cottage Cheese (Fresh Unripened Cheeses)
  • Rizo-Lopez Foods, Modesto – four awards:
    • 1st place each for RBCC Oaxaca (Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheeses) and RBCC Queso Cotija (Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheeses – Ripened, Aged > 90 Days)
    • 2nd each for Cotija (Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheese – Ripened, Aged > 90 Days) and RBCC Grilling Cheese (Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheeses, Cooking Hispanic – Cheeses)
  • Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, Willows – four awards:
    • 1st place for Heroes Greek Yogurt (Cultured Milk and Cream Products)
    • 2nd each for Crème Fraîche (Cultured Milk and Cream) and Russian-Style Fresh Farmer Cheese (Fresh Unripened Cheeses)
    • 3rd for Organic Traditional Jack (American Originals)
  • Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, Oakdale – three awards:
    • 1st place for Aged Gouda (American Made/International Style)
    • 2nd each for Mild Gouda (American Made/International Style) and Cumin Gouda (Flavored Cheeses)
  • Bellwether Farms, Petaluma – two awards:
    • 1st place for Fromage Blanc (Fresh Unripened Cheeses)
    • 2nd for Plain Organic Cow Yogurt (Cultured Milk and Cream Products)
  • Cal Poly Creamery, San Luis Obispo – two awards:
    • 1st place for Smoked Grand Gouda (Smoked Cheeses)
    • 3rd for Grand Gouda (American Made/International Style)
  • Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Nicasio – two awards:
    • 2nd place for San Geronimo (Washed Rind Cheeses)
    • 3rd for Foggy Morning with Garlic and Basil (Flavored Cheeses)
  • Central Coast Creamery, Paso Robles:
    • 2nd place Holey Cow (American Made/International Style)
  • Marin French Cheese Company, Petaluma:
    • 3rd place for Triple Crème Brie (Soft Ripened Cheeses)
  • Rogue Creamery, Oregon:
    • 2nd place for Organic Smokey Blue Cheese (Smoked Cheeses)
  • Rumiano Cheese Company, Crescent City:
    • 1st place for Dry Jack (American Originals)

In total, 14 cow’s milk cheese and dairy companies won awards for products made with 100 percent Real California milk from the state’s more than 1,200 family dairy farms.

Congratulations to all of those amazing California cheesemakers!

Real California Milk


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