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Swiss Valley Farms Wins National Milk Producers Federation Annual Cheese Contest

Swiss Valley Farms Wins National Milk Producers Federation Annual Cheese Contest


DAVENPORT, IA
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

157 cheeses weighing in at 2,500 delicious pounds from 40 plants representing 14 co-ops from across the country gathered in Orlando, Florida for the National Milk Producers Federation’s Annual Cheese Competition.

Receiving the prestigious Chairman's Plaque

Despite the numbers and the levels of competition, Swiss Valley Farms (SVF) took home several titles, including overall Grand Champion for subsidiary company Caves of Faribault’s decorated AmaBlu.

Jay Allison, VP of Sales and Business Development, Swiss Valley Farms“The team at Swiss Valley Farms is extremely proud of the announcement that our AmaBlu cheese was the Grand Champion Cheese,” Jay Allison, VP of Sales and Business Development at Swiss Valley Farms, said in a press release. “Our Caves of Faribault products have always been at the top of the awards charts, but it is always great when our peers in the dairy industry agree by giving us such prestigious honors as the Grand Champion Cheese Award.”

The rigorous process that produces the prize-winning cheese is one worthy of the title.

The Award-Winning Team and Products

“It all starts with the quality milk we receive every day from our members,” Allison said. “Then our artisan cheesemakers, our production and sales teams are focused on making and selling the highest quality products, as well as working toward new accessibility to consumers through our sales alliance with Norseland Foods.”

In total, the company walked away with nine awards for cheeses from both SVF and Caves of Faribault, including:

  • Chairman’s Plaque, AmaBlu
  • Best Overall Cheese, AmaBlu
  • 2015 Class Champion for Best Italian Cheese, AmaBlu
  • Hard and Mold Ripened Italian category First Place, AmaBlu
  • Hard and Mold Ripened Italian category Third Place, Verdant Grass-fed Blue Cheese
  • Open Class Category First Place, SVF Cream Cheese from the Luana plant
  • Open Class Category Second Place, SVF Neufchatel from the Luana plant

Additional wins included the entire Swiss category, receiving first place for Swiss, second for Maasdam (both from the SVF Luana cheese plant), and third place for SVF’s Grass-fed Baby Swiss from its Shullsburg cheese plant.

All cheeses were judged in 20 different categories on a 100 point scale, with a number of worthy candidates being evaluated by experts like Jamie Jonker, Ph.D., Vice President of Sustainability and Scientific Affairs at NMPF.

Congratulations to SVF and Caves of Faribault on a successful string of wins!

Swiss Valley FarmsCaves of FaribaultNational Milk Producers Federation



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The National Milk Producers Federation, established in 1916 and based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they...

Swiss Valley Farms is a farmer-owned cooperative that has been producing quality dairy products, including award-winning cheeses, since 1958.

The Caves of Faribault are located within a tall sandstone bluff overlooking the Straight River in the small, southern Minnesota town of Faribault. The caves were carved out of the St. Peter...