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Wisconsin Cheese Takes Home More Awards Than Other States at American Cheese Society's 2018 Competition

Wisconsin Cheese Takes Home More Awards Than Other States at American Cheese Society's 2018 Competition


MADISON, WI
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

The state of Wisconsin has done it again; for the 14th consecutive year, Wisconsin cheese and dairy producers nabbed more awards—taking home a whopping 94 awards—than the next two states combined at the 35th Annual American Cheese Society’s 2018 Competition.

Suzanne Fanning, Vice President of Marketing Communications, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin"Wisconsin cheesemakers and dairy producers are incredibly passionate and dedicated to perfecting their craft,” said Suzanne Fanning, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. “We could not be more excited that their hard work has once again been recognized by the American Cheese Society. Beyond honoring their great achievements, this year’s competition was a true celebration of the outstanding cheesemaking community that thrives in Wisconsin.”

According to a press release, over 30 Wisconsin cheese, butter, and yogurt maker companies like Klondike Cheese Co (who took home 12 awards, including seven first place ribbons), BelGioioso Cheese (who earned nine awards, including two first place ribbons), Maple Leaf Cheese (who garnered seven awards, including three first place ribbons), Emmi Roth (who claimed six awards), and more captured 26 percent of all awards, including 27 first place ribbons, 30 second place, and 37 third place, across these five categories:

  • American Originals, Brick Cheese - made from cow's milk
  • American Originals, Brick Muenster - made from cow's milk
  • Italian Type Cheeses, Grating types - all milks
  • Flavored Cheeses, Feta with Flavor Added - all milks
  • Cheese Spreads, Open Category Cold Pack Style- all milks

over 30 Wisconsin cheese, butter, and yogurt maker companies took home awards

This year, 1,954 entries were submitted from 259 companies across 35 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. To see interviews with this year’s winners, visit Facebook for a special encore recording of Wisconsin Cheese and Culture magazine’s post award show from the ACS Red Carpet.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and to the state of Wisconsin for another good run!

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
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