Beemster Cheese has announced several victories at the 2018 World Cheese Awards this weekend. The company’s iconic Beemster Classic, aged 18 months, took home Super Gold at the event held November 2—making it one of only 78 cheeses honored as the best in the world.
“Along with the World Cheese Championships in Wisconsin, the World Cheese Awards are the most important cheese competition in the world,” says Marcel Vantuyn, Beemster’s Managing Director, in a press release. “The awards are an endorsement of the hard work we do every day. It starts with how the farmers tend to their fields and their dairy cows, then continues to the unique process that our cheesemakers use to make our cheese. From beginning to end, we do everything in-house to make sure our cheese is perfect. It’s very nice to be recognized for our vertical integration, dedication, and commitment.”
Beemster Classic was just one of the Beemster cheeses that earned distinction from the Awards. Paradiso Reserve—also known as Beemster 30+ Oud in European markets—received a Gold Award—celebrating the rich, sweet Italian-style cheese made from fresh North Holland cow’s milk that graze freely on the grasses of the Beemster Polder.
Beemster Goat, crafted from the milk of goats raised by Beemster member farmers, also earned a Gold Award, while Royaal Grand Cru by Beemster—a full-bodied, robust cheese studded with crystals and aged for 12 months—took Silver. A Bronze Award was award to Beemster XO, a more-than-two-year aged, firm, crumbly wheel renowned for its rich flavors of butterscotch and whiskey.
Super Gold judging has started. The 3,472 cheeses from this morning have been whittled down to 78 Super Golds. From these, 16 will be chosen to face the final panel #WorldCheeseAwards #ostevm2018 @PatrickMcGuigan @ClausMeyerDK pic.twitter.com/ZuEPSMjGQQ— Guild of Fine Food (@guildoffinefood) November 2, 2018
A record-breaking 3,500 cheeses from six continents entered the competition, which took place at Bergen’s Grieghallen in Norway on November 2, 2018. Entries were evaluated by a panel of 230 expert judges from 29 countries. Judges worked in teams of three or four, evaluating the rind and paste of each cheese, its color, texture, consistency, and flavor.
Congratulations to Beemster on the well-deserved accolades. Keep reading Deli Market News for more World Cheese Award coverage.