Bavarian cheese manufacturer Käserei Champignon is no stranger to awards, medals, and accolades. As one of our industry’s top cheese providers, the company and its U.S. importer Champignon North America are well-known on the award circuit, which of course includes March’s World Championship Cheese Contest, a must-attend for the most innovative dairy providers. This year, the Champignon team won a Best in Class in the “Blue Cheese with Exterior Molding” category for its Cambozola Black Label.
“We are constantly working hard to offer our consumers innovative and high-quality products. To receive such an award makes us very proud because it proves that our efforts are going in the right direction,” Svenja Heiks, Senior Marketing Manager, shared with me following Champignon’s win. “Cambozola Black Label is unique in the cheese case as a triple cream soft-ripened cheese with fine blue veining and a distinctive grey exterior mold.”
In addition, each wheel of Cambozola Black Label is ripened slowly at cold temperatures. This process helps to develop the unique cheese’s aromatic flavor and creamy consistency.
Like Käserei Champignon, this cheese is no stranger to winning coveted awards. In fact, this is the second consecutive year the Cambozola Black Label won a Best in Class at the World Championship Cheese Contest, having nabbed this top honor at the last contest in 2018.
“The World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin is very important to us. Since its start in 1957, this contest has become an institution in the cheese segment in the U.S., and the number of entries increases every year. This shows that the World Championship Cheese Contest is a great indicator of the innovations and developments in the cheese industry,” Svenja said when I asked her why this honor means so much to the Champignon team. “The judges are also a reflection of consumers, manufacturers, and retail buyers in the U.S., and an award from the World Championship Cheese Contest is truly a mark of distinction.”
The Cambozola Black Label is available in retail stores nationwide.
Congratulations to Käserei Champignon on another year of outstanding wins!