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World Championship Cheese Contest Announces Top 20

World Championship Cheese Contest Announces Top 20


MADISON, WI
Friday, March 6th, 2020

One of the largest technical cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy ingredient competitions in the world wrapped up last week. The World Championship Cheese Contest once again rocked the dairy industry and showcased who’s really the cream of the crop when it comes to making, supplying, and innovating cheese and its bounty of categories.

Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, Michael Spycher, Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, Gourmino AG won the top title of World Champion Cheese at the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest

This year, a record-breaking 3,667 cheesemakers entered in the contest. But before announcing the winners last week—a commencement that took place Thursday night at Cheese Champion—the World Championship Cheese Contest revealed the top 20 cheeses of our industry, listing those cutting-edge categories that consistently rise above and showcase dairy excellence. These 20 cheesemakers were also in the running for the top title: World Champion Cheese.

Without further ado, here are the top 20 cheeses—in order of class number—that were judged for the top prize, as listed by the World Championship Cheese Contest:


Class 5: Cheddar, Aged Two Years or Longer

Cheese Name: Agropur Grand Cheddar 3 Years

Maker: Agropur

Company: Agropur

Location: Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada

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Class 7: Traditional Waxed Cheddar, Sharp to Aged

Cheese Name: English Hollow Cheddar

Maker: Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team

Company: Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc.

Location: Monroe, Wisconsin, United States

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Class 29: Parmesan

Cheese Name: Parmigiano-Reggiano

Maker: Team Il Re

Company: Royal A-ware (Netherlands)

Location: Italy

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Class 35: Gorgonzola

Cheese Name: Roth Gorgonzola Cheese

Maker: Team Emmi Roth-Seymour

Company: Emmi Roth

Location: Seymour, Wisconsin, United States

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Class 37: Blue Veined Cheeses with Exterior Molding

Cheese Name: Cambozola Black

Maker: Champignon North America, Inc.

Company: Käserei Champignon

Location: Lauben, Bavaria, Germany

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Class 39: Gouda, Young (0-4 months)

Cheese Name: Holland Master, North-Holland Gouda Mild, PGI

Maker: Team Lutjewiinkel

Company: Royal FrieslandCampina-Export

Location: Lutjewiinkel, Netherlands

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Class 40: Gouda, Mature (4-10 months)

Cheese Name: Lutjewiinkel Noord Hollandse Gouda PDO

Maker: Team Lutjewiinkel

Company: Royal FrieslandCampina-Export

Location: Lutjewiinkel, Netherlands

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Class 43: Gouda, Smoked

Cheese Name: Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin

Maker: Marieke Gouda Team

Company: Marieke Gouda

Location: Thorp, Wisconsin, United States

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Class 47: Open Class: Soft Ripened Cheeses, Flavored

Cheese Name: Lait Bloomer

Maker: Murray’s Cheese & Jasper Hill

Company: Murray’s Cheese & Jasper Hill;

Location: Long Island City, New York, United States

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Class 48: Latin American Style Fresh Cheeses

Cheese Name: Queso Panela

Maker: El Mexicano

Company: Marquez Brothers International, INC

Location: Hanford, California, United States

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Class 51: Gruyere

Cheese Name: Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP

Maker: Michael Spycher, Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus

Company: Gourmino AG

Location: Urtenen-Schoenbuehl, Bern, Switzerland

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Class 53: Open Class: Alpine Cheeses

Cheese Name: Le Maréchal

Maker: Fromagerie Le Maréchal SA

Company: Fromagerie Le Maréchal SA

Location: Granges-Marnard, Vaud, Switzerland

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Class 56: Washed Rind/Smear Ripened Semi-soft (Semi-hard) Cheeses (6 months and longer)

Cheese Name: Alter Fritz

Maker: Hardegger Käse AG

Company: Hardegger Käse AG

Location: Jonschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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Class 67: Open Class: Hard Cheeses

Cheese Name: Gallus Grand CRU

Maker: Hardegger Käse AG

Company: Hardegger Käse AG

Location: Jonschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland

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Class 68: Open Class: Hard Cheeses with Natural Rind

Cheese Name: St. Malachi Reserves

Maker: Team Doe Run

Company: The Farm at Doe Run

Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, United States

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Class 74: Reduced Fat Soft & Semi-soft Cheeses

Cheese Name: Milner 30+ Extra Matured

Maker: Team Steenderen

Company: Royal FrieslandCampaina-Export

Location: Steenderen, Netherlands

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Class 75: Reduced Fat Hard Cheeses

Cheese Name: Beemster Lite Old 30+

Company: Beemster

Location: Westbeemster, Netherlands

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Class 91: Hard Goat’s Milk Cheeses

Cheese Name: Old Amsterdam Aged Goat Gouda

Maker: Old Amsterdam

Company: Westland Kaasexport BV

Location: Huizen, Netherlands

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Class 93: Washed Rind/Smear Ripened Goat’s Milk Cheeses

Cheese Name: Highlander

Maker: Jasper Hill Farm

Company: Cellars at Jasper Hill

Location: Greensboro, Vermont, United States

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Class 104: Hard Mixed Milk Cheeses (0-6 months)

Cheese Name: Iberico Mixed Milk Hard Cheese

Maker: Miguel Angel García-Baquero

Company: Lacteas García Baquero, S. A.

Location: Alcazar De San Juan, Spain

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For more information, including complete results for all entry classes, visit WorldChampionCheese.org. Or stick with us here at Deli Market News as we bring you the latest coverage from this world-class event.

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