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Prairie Farms Nabs Awards at American Cheese Society; Mike Christensen Comments

Prairie Farms Nabs Awards at American Cheese Society; Mike Christensen Comments


EDWARDSVILLE, IL
Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

The industry is still raving about the American Cheese Society (ACS) Judging and Competition, which was held during the Annual ACS Conference July 20–23. Five of Prairie Farms' cheese plants were among the top winners, taking home multiple coveted awards.

Mike Christensen, Cheese Division Vice President of Sales, Prairie Farms"We are fortunate to have an experienced team of dedicated cheese makers producing award-winning cheeses our consumers can enjoy," said Mike Christensen, Cheese Division Vice President of Sales. "All of which would not be possible without our farmer community providing us with the highest quality milk."

The competition featured cheeses from 196 companies with over 1,400 entries competing in 120 categories, tested by a panel of 30 judges. Prairie Farms' Shullsburg Creamery in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, presented three products in the Flavored Cheeses, Butter, and Cultured Dairy Products Category.

Five of Prairie Farms' cheese plants were among the top winners, taking home multiple coveted awards

Open Category - Cheeses with Flavor Added – all milks and mixed milks:

  • 2nd Place: Shullsburg Creamery Jack n Dill
  • 3rd Place: Shullsburg Creamery Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar

Cheese Curds with Flavor Added – all milks:

  • 3rd Place: Shullsburg Creamery Jalapeño Cheese Curds

According to a press release, in the Blue Mold Cheeses Category, the Prairie Farms' plants in Mindoro, Wisconsin, and Faribault, Minnesota, received two awards:

  • 2nd Place: Mindoro Collection: Blue Cheese Wheel (Subcategory - Rindless Blue-veined – made from cow's milk)
  • 2nd Place: Caves of Faribault Felix Blue (Subcategory - Blue-veined with a rind or external coating – made from cow's milk)

In the American Made/International Style Category, Prairie Farms' Shullsburg (White Hill), Wisconsin, and Luana, Iowa, plants took home two of three awards in the Emmental-style with Eye Formation Swiss, Baby Swiss, Blocks, Wheels Subcategory:

  • 2nd Place: Baby Swiss Wheel
  • 3rd Place: Swiss Cheese

In the Low Fat/Low Salt Cheeses Category, Prairie Farms' Luana, Iowa, plant was awarded 2nd place for Neufchatel in the Light/Lite and Reduced Fat Cheeses Subcategory.

Congratulations to Prairie Farms on these impressive wins!

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