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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces Contest Deadline; John Umhoefer Comments

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces Contest Deadline; John Umhoefer Comments

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

The time is nigh! Innovators, thought leaders, cheesemakers, and dairy processors worldwide, you have just days left to enter the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest! For your shot to claim your way to fame in the cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy ingredients categories, submit your entries by Wednesday, January 26.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“After a record-breaking number of entries in 2020, we look forward to another robust slate of competitors this year. We encourage entrants to get their submissions in right away,” said John Umhoefer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), which has hosted the biennial competition since 1957.

Following the January 26 deadline, entrants will package and ship their products to the WOW Logistics warehouse in Little Chute, Wisconsin. There, a team of cheese industry volunteers, led by Contest Logistics Director Randy Swensen from Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese, will devote days to sorting and preparing the entries for judging.

After the cheesy entries are in and processed, expert judges from around the world will gather in Madison, Wisconsin, to conduct a rigorous evaluation of each product from March 1–3. The Championship Cheese Contest will conclude with the fast-paced final round of judging, culminating in the announcement of the Top 20 entries.

Entries for the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest, a biennial event held by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, must be submitted by Wednesday, January 26

According to the release, the 2022 World Champion Cheese will be named at 2:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 3. In lieu of public admission, WCMA will bring all the exciting action to the global cheese community via social media and at

This year’s event marks the 20th year that WOW Logistics, Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese, and Preferred Transit have generously partnered with WCMA to process contest entries.

Don’t wait! Time is of the essence, and this year’s contest is bound to be one you can’t miss.

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association