Wisconsin Takes Top Number of ACS Awards with 78, Including 2nd Place in Best of Show Category

Wisconsin Takes Top Number of ACS Awards with 78, Including 2nd Place in Best of Show Category

Wisconsin cheesemakers were honored for their expertise at the recent American Cheese Society Competition in Montréal, Québec, capturing 78 ribbons. Of 1,676 total entries (a record number), Wisconsin cheesemakers claimed 23 percent of all awards, winning more than any other state or country for the seventh year in a row. America's Dairyland's 78 awards included a tie for second place in the prestigious Best of Show category, as well as 22 firsts, 24 seconds and 31 third places.

Several Wisconsin cheesemakers had outstanding performances, including Carr Valley Cheese, which landed 13 ribbons, including a Best of Show second place for Cave Aged Marisa. Hidden Springs Creamery captured the second most ribbons for Wisconsin, with a total of seven awards, and Sartori Company took home six ribbons.

First place ribbons went to:
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo: Mascarpone
Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe: Brick, Tomato & Basil Feta
Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg: Monterey Jack
Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., LaValle: Cocoa Cardona, Cave Aged Mellage, Casa Bolo Mellage, Cave Aged Marisa
Holland’s Family Cheese, Thorp: Marieke Gouda Cumin, Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin
Saputo Cheese USA, Inc., Black Creek: Blue Cheese
Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc., Mineral Point: Little Boy Blue
Emmi Roth USA Inc., Monroe: Gran Queso Reserve
Sartori Company, Plymouth: Sartori Parmesan, Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
BelGioioso Cheese Inc., Denmark: Fresh Mozzarella Thermoform, Burrata
Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby: Farmstead Feta, Driftless - Cranberry
LaClare Farms Specialties LLC, Chilton: Evalon with Fenugreek, Evalon
Uplands Cheese, Dodgeville: Pleasant Ridge Reserve

In addition to landing the most first place awards, Wisconsin cheesemakers swept four categories: Flavor-Added Dutch Style, Parmesan – all milks, Rindless Blue-veined made from cow’s milk and Flavor-Added made with fresh sheep’s milk. Wisconsin also took top honors in the number of awards for cow’s milk cheeses (including mixed milk) with 57 awards.