Emmi Roth cleaned up last week at the 2017 United States Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The company’s Roth brand of alpine-style cheeses took home all three awards in the coveted Smear Ripened Hard Cheese category.
"We've been making alpine-style cheeses in the United States for many, many years, and to have an achievement at this level is the greatest honor," said Tim Omer, President and Managing Director for Emmi Roth, in a company press release. "Our entire line of Grand Cru® is currently best in class. To produce a product of the standard at every age is a testament to the skill of our cheesemakers and cellarmasters."
The judging kicked off Tuesday, March 7 with a record 2,303 entries from 33 states across the country entering across 101 categories.
The award for Best of Class in the Smear Ripened Hard Cheese category went to Roth® Grand Cru® Reserve with a score of 99.35. Second place went to Roth's Private Reserve with a score of 99.30 and third to Roth® Grand Cru® Original with a score of 99.20.
Emmi Roth's flagship line of Grand Cru® washed-rind, alpine-style cheeses includes three varieties: Grand Cru® Original, Grand Cru® Reserve and Grand Cru® Surchoix. The most aged cheese in the line, Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix, is the current World Champion from the 2016 World Cheese Championship held last March.
"When Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix won the World Championship last year, it was produced in smaller qualities and difficult to find," said Omer. "Now, you can buy Grand Cru® at any age and know that it's award-winning cheese."
The company also took home Best of Class for their Roth Havarti and took third place in the Blue Veined Cheeses category for its Roth Buttermilk Blue.
For a complete list of winners, click here.
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