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PORTLAND, Ore.-- Wisconsin cheesemakers took 69 awards --16 of them for first place -- at the annual American Cheese Society Competition here July 21. Wisconsin's performance led all other states in total awards and gleaned 14 more awards than the state's last year total of 55.
It was also another outstanding competition for Wisconsin master cheesemaker Sid Cook of Carr Valley Cheese Co., who was awarded 19 ribbons, three of them for first place. Wisconsin cheesemakers swept three subcategories -- Colby made with cow's milk, Italian grating types and flavor-added Feta made with cow's milk.
First place ribbons went to:
-- Klondike Cheese Co., Brick, Open Category, Cow's Milk, American Originals; Feta, Cow's Milk; Peppercorn Feta, Flavored Added, All Milks
-- Meister Cheese Co., Great Midwest Ranch, Cow's Milk, Monterey Jack with Flavors, American Originals
-- Carr Valley Cheese Co., Colby, Cow's Milk; Cave-Aged Mellage, Open
Category, American-made/International Style; River Bend, Goat's Milk,
Washed Rind Cheeses
-- Bleu Mont Dairy, Lil Wils Bandaged Cheddar, Cow's Milk, Cheddar Aged Less than 12 Months
-- Mount Sterling Cheese, Raw Goat Milk Raw Cheddar, Cheddar Aged Less than 12 Months
-- Hook's Cheese Co., 10-Year Cheddar, Mature Cheddars Aged Longer than 49 Months
-- Wisconsin Farmers Union Specialty Cheese Co., Blue, Blue-Veined Made
with Cow's Milk
-- Roth Käse USA, Gran Queso, Ripened, Hispanic and Portuguese-style
-- BelGioioso Cheese Co., Parmesan, Italian-type Cheeses, Grating Types
-- Arla Foods, Smokd Peppercorn Gouda, Cheeses Flavored with All Peppers
-- Pine River Pre Pack, Inc., Pine River Horseradish Cold Pack, Flavor Added Cheese Spreads
-- Fence Line, LLC at Burnett Dairy Cooperative, Lightly Aged Provolone, Pasta Filata Italian Type Cheeses
Wisconsin was awarded 29 second place awards and 24 thirds. More than 940 cheeses were entered in this year's ACS competition, a record number and an increase of 20 percent over last year. The contest included 23 categories with 91 subcategories. Wisconsin's 69 awards comprise a quarter of all awards given.