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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces 2023 United States Champion Cheese; John Umhoefer Shares

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces 2023 United States Champion Cheese; John Umhoefer Shares


GREEN BAY, WI
Monday, February 27th, 2023

To the victor go the spoils, and in the case of the 2023 United States Cheese Contest®, that winner is Arethusa Farm Dairy of Bantam, Connecticut. After two days of competition, the cheesemaker’s Aged Gouda called Europa earned the title of 2023 United States Champion Cheese.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“The men and women of the U.S. dairy processing industry are exceptionally passionate and dedicated to crafting quality products, and that commitment shines through in the high caliber of this year’s winners. We congratulate them on their hard-earned and well-deserved success,” said John Umhoefer, Executive Director for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, which hosts the biennial competition.

Europa garnered an impressive score of 98.739 out of 100, topping 2,249 entries from 197 dairy companies and cooperatives across 35 states, a release explained.

Arethusa Farm Dairy’s Aged Gouda called Europa has earned the title of 2023 United States Champion Cheese

The first runner-up in the contest was Vintage Cupola American Original Cheese, a hard raw milk cheese made by Door Artisan Cheese Company of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, for Red Barn Family Farms in Appleton, Wisconsin. It earned a score of 98.613. The second runner-up position was awarded to a Medium Cheddar made by Dillon Sylla for Associated Milk Producers Inc. of Blair, Wisconsin, with a score of 98.554.

Entries were submitted across 113 classes, and Wisconsin cheesemakers took home an impressive 54 Best of Class finishes and won the highest number of gold medals. Dairy manufacturers from California took home nine golds, and Idaho finished third in the ranking with eight Best of Class awards.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
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