2012 Winners

    2012 ACS JUDGING & COMPETITION RESULTS

    Raleigh, North Carolina
    August 3, 2012

    The American Cheese Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit trade organization founded in 1983 to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry. ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for members of the cheese industry, while striving to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in North America.

    The cheesemakers listed below represent all of the entrants in the 2012 ACS Judging
    & Competition: our largest ever, with 254 companies submitting 1,711 different products. Winners in each category are listed separately. Unlike other cheese competitions, where cheeses are only graded down for technical defects, ACS’s goal is to give positive recognition to those cheeses that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic and technical evaluation. As a result, the highest quality cheeses are those that ACS feels deserve the recognition of an award, based on a minimum number of points awarded (totaling 100 points possible) for first, second, or third place. In categories or sub-categories where the minimum number of points is not earned, no award is given.

    Our congratulations go out to all of the dedicated, passionate, creative producers who work daily to bring the traditions of North American cheese to life, to market, and to the largest ACS Judging & Competition to date.

    For a full list of cheeses judged in the 2012 ACS Judging & Competition, download a detailed Excel spreadsheet below.

    All Cheeses Judged in ACS 2012 Judging & Competition

    Best of Show

    Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, WA
    Flagsheep

    2nd Place

    Valley Shepherd Creamery, NJ
    Crema de Blue

     

    3rd Place

    Emmi Roth USA
    Roth Grand Cru Surchoix

    Complete List of 2012 Winners

     

    A.            FRESH UNRIPENED CHEESES

     

    AC:         Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Franklin Foods, VT: Green Mountain Farms Cultured Cream Cheese

    2nd        Swiss Valley Farms, IA: Cream Cheese

    3rd         Franklin Foods, VT: Hahn’s Cultured Cream Cheese

     

    AG:        Open Category – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Umbuzi Farm, FL: Cream Cheese

    2nd        Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Creamy Goat Cheese Classic

    3rd         Montchevré-Betin, Inc., WI: Montchevré Fromage Blanc

     

    AS:         Open Category – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Quality Cheese Inc., ON: Buffalo Ricotta

    2nd        La Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf, QC: Chèvre des Neiges

    2nd        La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Neige De Brebis

    3rd         Fruition Farms Dairy & Creamery, CO: Whole Sheep’s Milk Ricotta

    3rd         Mozzarella Company, TX: Grassias

     

    AM:       Mascarpone – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Miceli Dairy Products, OH: Mascarpone

    2nd        Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Mascarpone

    3rd         Sorrento Lactalis, ID: Mascarpone

     

     

    AR:         Ricotta – made from cow’s milk

    1st          LiuzziAngeloni Cheese, CT: Hand Dipped Ricotta

    2nd        BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Ricotta con Latte Whole Milk

    2nd        Calabro Cheese Corporation, CT: Hand Dipped Ricotta

    3rd         Maplebook Farm, VT: Ricotta Hand-Dipped

     

    AQ:        Fromage Blanc, Fromage Frais and Quark – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Quark

    2nd        Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., CA: Foggy Morning

    3rd         Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Fromage Blanc

     

     

    B.            SOFT RIPENED CHEESES

     

    BA:         Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          MouCo Cheese Company, CO: MouCo Ashley

    2nd        Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT: Harbison

    3rd         Sweet Grass Dairy, GA: Green Hill

     

    BB:         Brie – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Brazos Valley Cheese, TX: Eden

    2nd        Brazos Valley Cheese, TX: Brie

    3rd         Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Brie Normandie

    3rd         Marin French Cheese Company, CA: Rouge et Noir Original Brie

     

    BC:         Camembert – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Belmont – Lactalis American Group. Inc, WI: Camembert 8 oz – President

    2nd        Marin French Cheese Company, CA: Rouge et Noir Original Camembert

    3rd         Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Grand Camembert L’Extra

     

    BG:         Open Category – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Laura Chenel’s Chevre, CA: Laura Chenel’s Chevre Melodie

    2nd        Looking Glass Creamery, LLC, NC: Ellington

    2nd        Quality Cheese Inc., ONL Ash Goat

    3rd         Fromagerie Le Détour, QC: Grey Owl

    3rd         Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, CO: Haystack Mountain Camembert

     

    BS:          Open Category – made from sheep’s or mixed

    1st          Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, IL: Black Sheep

    2nd        Fromages CDA Inc, QC: Le Soeur Angèle

    3rd         Nettle Meadow, NY: Three Sisters

     

    BF:          Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasoning, fruits – all milks

    1st          Cypress Grove Chevre, CA: Truffle Tremor

    2nd        Alouette Cheese USA LLC, IL: Alouette Brie with Truffles

    2nd        La Fromagerie 1860 DuVillage inc., QC: Lady Laurier d’Arthabaska

    3rd         Turner Farm Creamery, ME: Whitecap

    3rd         Zingerman’s Creamery, MI: Detroit St. Brick

     

    BT:          Triple Crème – soft ripened/cream added – all milks

    1st          Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Rondoux Triple Crème

    2nd        Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Chevalier Triple Crème

    2nd        Marin French Cheese Company, CA: Rouge et Noir Triple Crème Brie

    3rd         La Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf, QC: Chèvre des Neiges Brie Triple Crème

     

     

    C.            AMERICAN ORIGINALS

     

    CB:         Brick Cheese – made from cow’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Pasture Pride Cheese, WI: Brick

    3rd         Klondike Cheese Co., WI: Brick

     

    CD:         Dry Jack – made from cow’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Vella Cheese Company of California, CA: Special Select Dry Monterey Jack

    3rd         Rumiano Cheese Company, CA: Dry Monterey Jack

     

    CJ:          Monterey Jack – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Mt Townsend Creamery, WA: New Moon

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Monterey Jack

    3rd         Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, CA: Raw Organic Creamy Jack

     

    CM:        Brick Muenster – made from cow’s milk

    1st          McCadam Cheese, NY: McCadam Muenster

    2nd        Edelweiss Creamery, WI: Muenster

    3rd         Morning Star Farm, MN: Muenster

     

    CY:         Colby – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Tillamook County Creamery Association, OR: Tillamook Colby

    2nd        Cedar Grove Cheese, WI: Marble Colby

    3rd         DCI Cheese Company, WI: Black Creek Colby

    3rd         Widmers Cheese Cellars, WI: Traditional Colby

     

    CC:         Original Recipe / Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Spring Day Creamery, ME: La Vie en Rose

    2nd        Plymouth Artisan Cheese, VT: Original Plymouth

    2nd        Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., CA: Point Reyes Toma

    3rd         Cowgirl Creamery, CA: Wagon Wheel

     

    CG:         Original Recipe / Open Category – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Coupole

    2nd        Ruggles Hill Creamery, MA: Brothers’ Walk

    3rd         Rivers Edge Chevre, OR: Rivers Edge Chevre Beltane

     

    CS:          Original Recipe / Open Category – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, WA: Flagsheep

    2nd        Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Cremont

    3rd         La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Sein D’Hélène

     

     

    D.            AMERICAN MADE / INTERNATIONAL STYLE

     

    DD:         Dutch style (Gouda, Edam etc.) – all milks

    1st          Old Europe Cheese, Inc., MI: 4 lb Edam Ball

    2nd        Ely Farm Products, PA: Washington Crossing

    2nd        Holland’s Family Cheese, WI: Marieke Gouda Aged (9-12 month)

    3rd         Willamette Valley Cheese, OR: Farmstead Gouda

     

    DF:         Dutch style – Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits, etc. – all milks

    1st          Vintage Cheese of Montana, MT: Mountina-Mocha

    2nd        Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, CA: Cumin Gouda

    3rd         Fromagerie Bergeron Inc, QC: Le Coureur des bois

    3rd         Holland’s Family Cheese, WI: Marieke Gouda Cumin

     

    DC:         Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Emmi Roth USA, WI: Roth Grand Cru Surchoix

    2nd        Leelanau Cheese Co., MI: Aged Raclette

    3rd         Emmi Roth USA, WI: Roth Grand Cru Original

     

    DE:         Emmental style with eye formation (Swiss, Baby Swiss, Blocks, Wheels) – made from cow’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        DCI Cheese Company, WI: Stella Swiss

    2nd        Swiss Valley Farms, IA: Baby Swiss Wheel

    3rd         Central Coast Creamery, CA: Holey Cow

    3rd         Swiss Valley Farms, IA: Baby Swiss Block

    3rd         Swiss Valley Farms, IA: Swiss Block

     

    DG:        Open Category – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Laura Chenel’s Chevre, CA: Laura Chenel’s Chevre Crottin

    2nd        Redwood Hill Farm, CA: California Crottin

    3rd         Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Bijou

     

    DS:         Open Category – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Sartori Company, WI: Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend

    2nd        Valley Shepherd Creamery, NJ: Oktoberkaas

    3rd         Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC: Pionnier

     

     

    E.            CHEDDARS

     

    EA:         Aged Cheddar – aged over 12 and up to 24 months – all milks

    1st          DCI Cheese Company, ON: Black Diamond 2 Year Aged Cheddar

    2nd        Mt. Sterling Cheese Co-op, WI: Raw Goat Milk Sharp Cheddar

    3rd         Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, VT: Governor’s Cheddar

     

    EF:          Cheddar with sweet flavorings, fruits, seasonings, herbs, spices, alcohol/spirits – all

    1st          Beehive Cheese Company LLC, UT: TeaHive

    2nd        Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, WA: Yule Käse

    3rd         Beehive Cheese Company LLC, UT: Barely Buzzed

     

    EP:          Cheddar flavored with sweet, savory, jalapeno, chipotle, red, green peppers; black, white, green peppercorns; garlic, onions – all milks

    1st          Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, WA: Marco Polo Reserve

    2nd        Springside Cheese Corp, WI: Olive White Cheddar

    3rd         Beehive Cheese Company LLC, UT: Big John’s Cajun Rubbed

     

    EC:          Cheddar – aged up to 12 months – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Kraft Foods, WI: Sharp Cheddar

    2nd        The Artisan Cheese Exchange, WI: Deer Creek “The Fawn”

    3rd         Kraft Foods, WI: Limited Edition Extra Sharp Cheddar

     

    EG:         Cheddar – aged up to 12 months – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Heartland Creamery, MO: Cheddar Goat

    2nd        Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, CA: Caprae Raw Aged Goat Cheddar

    3rd         Central Coast Creamery, CA: Goat Cheddar

     

    EX:          Mature Cheddar – aged over 24 and up to 48 months – all milks

    1st          The Artisan Cheese Exchange, WI: Deer Creek Reserve

    2nd        Cabot Creamery Cooperative, VT: Cabot Vintage Choice Cheddar

    2nd        The Artisan Cheese Exchange, WI: Deer Creek Vat 17

    3rd         Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: 4 Year Cheddar

    3rd         Tillamook County Creamery Association, OR: Tillamook Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar

     

    EE:          Mature Cheddar – aged over 48 months – all milks

    1st          Parmalat Canada, ON: Balderson Heritage Cheddar 5 Year

    2nd        No Award Given

    3rd         Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: 6 Year Cheddar

     

    EW:        Cheddar wrapped in cloth, linen – aged up to 12 months – all milks

    1st          Avalanche Cheese Company, CO: Avalanche Cheese Company Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar

    2nd        Saxon Cheese, LLC, WI: Pastures

    3rd         Brazos Valley Cheese, TX: Cheddar

     

    EB:          Cheddar wrapped in cloth, linen – aged over 12 months – all milks

    1st          Fiscalini Cheese Co., CA: Bandage Wrap Cheddar Vintage

    2nd        Cows Creamery, PE: Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar (aged over 12 months)

    3rd         Avalanche Cheese Company, CO: Avalanche Cheese Company Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar Reserve

     

     

    F.            BLUE MOLD CHEESES

     

    FC:          Rindless Blue-veined – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Rogue Creamery, OR: Oregon Blue

    2nd        Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc., WI: Blue Paradise

    3rd         CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, WI: Organic Pasteurized Blue Cheese

     

    FG:         Rindless Blue-veined – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Billy Blue

    2nd        Montchevré-Betin, Inc., WI: Chevre in Blue

    3rd         Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Baraboo Blue

     

    FS:          Rindless Blue-veined – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Gorgonzola with Sheeps Milk

    2nd        Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc., WI: Little Boy Blue

    3rd         Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, NY: Ewe’s Blue

     

    FK:          Blue-veined with a rind or external coating – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Willapa Hills Cheese, WA: Big Boy Blue

    2nd        Rogue Creamery, OR: Flora Nelle

    3rd         Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., CA: Point Reyes New Blue

     

    FL:          Blue-veined with a rind or external coating – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Pure Luck Farm and Dairy, TX: Hopelessly Blue

    2nd        Avalanche Cheese Company, CO: Avalanche Cheese Company Midnight Blue

    3rd         FireFly Farms, MD: Mountain Top Bleu

     

    FM:        Blue-veined with a rind or external coating – made from sheep’s or mixed milk

    1st          VALLEY SHEPHERD CREAMERY, NJ: Crema De Blue

    2nd        La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Blue De La Moutonnière

    3rd         Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery, UT: Timpanogos Peak

     

    FE:          External Blue molded cheeses – all milks

    1st          Westfield Farm, MA: Classic Blue Log

    2nd        Westfield Farm, MA: Bluebonnet

    3rd         Westfield Farm, MA: Hubbardston Blue (Cow)

     

     

    G.           HISPANIC & PORTUGUESE STYLE CHEESES

     

    GA:        Ripened category – all milks

    1st          Emmi Roth USA, WI: Roth GranQueso Reserve

    2nd        Emmi Roth USA, WI: Roth GranQueso

    3rd         Nuestro Queso, LLC, IL: Cotija

     

    GC:         Fresh Unripened category – all milks

    1st          Karoun Dairies Inc, CA: Queso Del Valle Queso Fresco

    2nd        Karoun Dairies Inc, CA: Queso Del Valle Panela

    3rd         Mozzarella Company, TX: Queso Oaxaca

    3rd         Nuestro Queso, LLC, IL: Panela

    3rd         Ochoa’s Queseria, OR: Don Froylan Queso Oaxaca

     

    GF:         Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasoning, fruits – all milks

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        No Award Given

    3rd         Mozzarella Company, TX: Queso Blanco with Chiles

     

     

    H.           ITALIAN TYPE CHEESES (Excluded: Mascarpone and Ricotta)

     

    HP:         Pasta Filata types (Provolone, Caciocavallo) – all milks

    1st          BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Sharp Provolone Mandarino

    2nd        Loveras Market, OK: Caciocavera

    3rd         BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Mild Provolone

     

    HA:        Grating types (Reggianito, Sardo, Domestic Parmesan) – all milks; Romano made only from cow’s or goat’s milk and not from sheep’s milk

    1st          BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Asiago

    2nd        BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Parmesan

    3rd         Sartori Company, WI: Sartori Reserve SarVecchio Parmesan

     

    HM:       Mozzarella types (Brick, Scamorza, String Cheese) – all milks

    1st          Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Armenian String Cheese

    2nd        Burnett Dairy Co-op, WI: Mozzarella String Cheese

    3rd         Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC, WI: Farmers Rope String Cheese

    3rd         Lactalis American Group, NY: Whole Milk Low Moisture Mozzarella

     

    HY:         Fresh Mozzarella – 8 oz. or more (Balls or Shapes) – all milks

    1st          Quality Cheese Inc., ON: Buffalo Mozzarella

    2nd        BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Thermoform

    3rd         Lactalis American Group-Tipton, CA: Galbani 8oz Ball

     

    HZ:         Fresh Mozzarella – under 8 oz. (Ovalini, Bocconcini, Ciliegine sizes) – all milks

    1st          LiuzziAngeloni Cheese, CT: Fresh Mozzarellla

    2nd        Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P., QC: Mozzarina di Bufala

    3rd         Lactalis American Group-Tipton, CA: Galbani 4oz Ball

     

    HB:         Burrata – Fresh mozzarella encasing a distinctly separate, softer curd and cream, or other soft cheese, core – all milks

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Miceli Dairy Products, OH: Burrata

    3rd         Belfiore Cheese Company, CA: Belfiore Burrata 8 Ounce

     

     

    I.             FETA CHEESES

     

    IC:           Feta – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Maplebrook Farm, VT: Whole Milk Block Feta

    2nd        Belfiore Cheese Company, CA: Belfiore Mediterranean Style Feta in Brine 12 Ounce

    3rd         Klondike Cheese Co., WI: Feta in Brine

     

    IG:          Feta – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Feta

    2nd        Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, CO: Haystack Mountain Feta

    3rd         Umbuzi Farm, FL: Feta

     

    IS:           Feta – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Feta

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Sheep

    3rd         Best Baa Dairy Ltd., ON: Best Baa Dairy Sheep Milk Feta

    3rd         Garden Variety Cheese, CA: Cosmos

     

    IF:           Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasoning, fruits – all milks

    1st          Klondike Cheese Co., WI: Peppercorn Feta

    2nd        La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Feta in Oil with Herbs

    3rd         Chapel’s Country Creamery, MD: Marinated Feta

     

     

    J.             LOW FAT / LOW SALT CHEESES

     

    JL:           Fat Free and Low Fat cheeses

    1st          Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Allegro probio 7%

    2nd        Lactalis American Group, NY: Low Fat Ricotta

    3rd         Klondike Cheese Co., WI: Low Fat Feta

     

    JR:          Light/Lite and Reduced Fat cheeses

    1st          Fromages CDA Inc, QC: L’Empereur Léger

    2nd        Kraft Foods, SD: Reduced Fat Extra Sharp Cheddar

    3rd         Sorrento Lactalis, ID: Reduced Fat String

     

    JF:           Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          Cabot Creamery Cooperative, VT: Cabot Jalapeno 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar

    2nd        Lactalis U.S.A., Inc., WI: Rondelé Garlic & Herbs Light Spreadable Cheese

    3rd         Coach Farm, NY: Coach Farm Reduced Fat Fresh Goat Cheese with Pepper

    3rd         Franklin Foods, VT: Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese Strawberries N’ Cream

     

     

    K.            FLAVORED CHEESES

     

    KC:         Cheeses flavored with all peppers (chipotle, jalapeno, chili, etc.) – all milks

    1st          Widmers Cheese Cellars, WI: Colby with Jalapenos

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Jalapeno Bread Cheese

    3rd         Brunkow Cheese, WI: Brun-uusto with Jalapeño

     

    KF:          Cheeses flavored with herbs, fruits, vegetables, truffles, flowers, syrups – all milks

    1st          Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, LLC, WI: Petit Frére with Truffles

    2nd        Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: OKA Mushrooms

    3rd         La Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf, QC: Chèvre des Neiges Fig & Orange

     

    KP:         Cheeses flavored with crushed or whole peppercorns,savory spices, and other savory seasonings, including protein – all milks

    1st          BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto & Basil Roll

    2nd        Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Soppressata Roll

    3rd         BelGioioso Cheese Inc., WI: Cappiello Hand-Braided Fresh Mozzarella Zesty Marinated

    3rd         Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Chorizo Roll

     

    KH:         Flavor Added Havarti – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Edelweiss Creamery, WI: Vegetable Havarti

    3rd         Arla Foods Production LLC, WI: Havarti Jalapeno

    3rd         Emmi Roth USA, WI: Roth Havarti with Peppadew

     

    KJ:          Flavor Added Monterey Jack – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          DCI Cheese Company, WI: Great Midwest Morel & Leek Jack

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Hot Pepper Jack

    2nd        DCI Cheese Company, WI: Great Midwest Bruschetta Jack

    3rd         DCI Cheese Company, WI: Great Midwest Habanero Jack

    3rd         Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, UT: Wasatch Back Jack

    3rd         Pineland Farms Creamery, ME: Pepper Jack

    3rd         Tillamook County Creamery Association, OR: Tillamook Hot Habanero Jack

     

     

    L.             SMOKED CHEESES

     

    LC:          Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Fromagerie Bergeron Inc, QC: Le Calumet

    3rd         Holland’s Family Cheese, WI: Marieke Gouda Smoked

    3rd         Karoun Dairies Inc, CA: Karoun Smoked Braided String Cheese

     

    LG:         Open Category – made from goat’s milk, sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Goat Lady Dairy, NC: Smoked Round

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Smoked Ba Ba Blue

    3rd         Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, CO: Haystack Mountain Smoked Chevre

     

    LM:        Smoked Italian Styles (Mozzarella, Scamorza, Bocconcini, Ovalini, etc.) – all milks

    1st          Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: TWICE Smoked String Cheese

    2nd        Gold Creek Farms, UT: Smoked Parmesan

    3rd         Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P., QC: Smoked Caciocavallo

     

    LD:          Smoked Cheddars – all milks

    1st          Gold Creek Farms, UT: Smoked Cheddar

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Apple Smoked Cheddar

    3rd         Fiscalini Cheese Co., CA: Smoked Cheddar

     

     

    M.          FARMSTEAD CHEESES

     

    MA:       Open Category – Soft – all milks; Aged up to 60 days – Over 50% moisture

    1st          Sequatchie Cove Creamery, TN: Dancing Fern

    2nd        Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT: Weybridge from Scholten Family Farm

    3rd         Coach Farm, NY: Coach Farm Fresh Goat Cheese

    3rd         Rivers Edge Chevre, OR: Rivers Edge Chevre Siltcoos

     

    MC:        Open Category – Semisoft – made from cow’s milk; Aged over 60 days – Between 39 and 50%

    1st          Fromages CDA Inc, QC: Le Baluchon

    2nd        Fromages CDA Inc, QC: Le St-Anne

    3rd         Thistle Hill Farm, VT: Tarentaise

     

    ME:        Open Category – Hard – made from cow’s milk; Aged over 60 days – Less than 39% moisture

    1st          Cricket Creek Farm, MA: Maggies Reserve

    2nd        Flat Creek Lodge, GA: Natural Rind Cheddar

    2nd        Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC: Louis D’Or

    2nd        Fromagerie La Station, QC: Alfred Le Fermier

    2nd        Fromagerie La Station, QC: Chemin Hatley

    2nd        Robinson Farm, MA: A Barndance

    2nd        Sprout Creek Farm, NY: Toussaint

    3rd         Nature’s Harmony Farm, GA: Fortsonia

    3rd         Uplands Cheese, WI: Extra-Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve

     

    MG:       Open Category – Aged over 60 days – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Ruggles Hill Creamery, MA: Greta’s Fair Haven

    2nd        Sprout Creek Farm, NY: Madeleine

    3rd         Boston Post Dairy, LLC, VT: Tres Bonne

    3rd         Latte Da Dairy, TX: Latte Da Caerphilly

     

    MS:        Open Category – Aged over 60 days – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Black Sheep Creamery, WA: St. Helens

    2nd        Willamette Valley Cheese, OR: Perrydale

    3rd         Everona Dairy, VA: Stony Man

    3rd         Kokoborrego Cheese Company, OH: Owl Creek Tomme

     

    MF:        Open Category for all cheeses with Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          Holland’s Family Cheese, WI: Marieke Gouda Foenegreek

    2nd        Ruggles Hill Creamery, MA: Lea’s Great Meadow

    3rd         Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., CA: Foggy Morning with Garlic and Basil

     

     

    N.           FRESH GOAT’S MILK CHEESES

     

    NO:        Fresh Goat Rindless (black ash coating permitted) – extruded shape, logs, cylinders, buche style or in containers, cups, tubs, cryovac

    1st          Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, CA: Bella Capra Chevre

    2nd        Coach Farm, NY: Coach Farm Fresh Curd

    2nd        Three Graces Dairy, LLC, NC: Plain Jane

    3rd         Woolwich Dairy, WI: Woolwich Dairy Original Chevrai

     

    NS:         Fresh Goat Cheese – Hand shaped, formed or molded into pyramid, disc, drum, crottin, basket or other shape

    1st          Baetje Farms LLC, MO: Coeur de la Créme – Plain

    2nd        Mystery Bay Farm, WA: Fresh Chevre

    3rd         Umbuzi Farm, FL: Chevre

     

    NF:         Flavor Added – floral, fruits, liquors, citrus, berries, cacao

    1st          Montchevré-Betin, Inc., WI: Wellspring (by Montchevré) Cranberry Orange

    2nd        Latte Da Dairy, TX: Latte Da Chocolate Goat Cheese Truffles

    3rd         Briar Rose Creamery, OR: Chocolate Chevre Truffles

    3rd         Finica Food Specialties, ON: Celebrity International Cranberry & Cinnamon Goat Cheese

    3rd         Three Graces Dairy, LLC, NC: Turkish Delight

     

    NH:        Flavor Added – herbs, extracts, truffles, truffle oil

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Finica Food Specialties, ON: Celebrity International Goat Cheese Dill

    3rd         Finica Food Specialties, ON: Celebrity International Goat Cheese Honey

     

    NP:         Flavor Added – peppers (sweet or savory, jalapenos, chipotles, etc.), mustards, olives, wasabi, onion, garlic, spices

    1st          Cypress Grove Chevre, CA: Sgt. Pepper

    2nd        Laura Chenel’s Chevre, CA: Laura Chenel’s Four Pepper Chabis

    3rd         Finica Food Specialties, ON: Celebrity International Mediterranean Goat Cheese

    3rd         Montchevré-Betin, Inc., WI: Montchevré Crottin with 4-Peppers

     

     

    O.           FRESH SHEEP’S MILK CHEESES

     

    OO:        Open Category

    1st          Hidden Springs Creamery, WI: Driftless – Natural

    2nd        La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Cabanon

    3rd         Shepherd’s Way Farms, MN: Shepherd’s Hope

     

    OF:         Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits

    1st          Green Dirt Farm, LLC, MO: Fresh Nettle

    2nd        Green Dirt Farm, LLC, MO: Fresh Rosemary

    3rd         Hidden Springs Creamery, WI: Driftless – Cranberry Cinnamon

     

     

    P.            MARINATED CHEESES

     

    PC:         Open Category marinated in liquids and ingredients – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Marinated Ciliegine

    2nd        Sartori Company, WI: Sartori Reserve Merlot BellaVitano

    3rd         Calabro Cheese Corporation, CT: Ciliegine Salad

    3rd         Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Grilled Vegetable w/ Ciliegine

     

    PG:         Open Category marinated in liquids and ingredients – made from goat’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Laura Chenel’s Chevre, CA: Laura Chenel’s Chevre Cabecou

    3rd         Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, CO: Haystack Mountain Chevre in Marinade

     

    PS:          Open Category marinated in liquids and ingredients – made from sheep’s milk or mixed

    1st          Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Canaria

    2nd        Grafton Village Cheese, VT: Ewewden, Apple Pie

    3rd         No Award Given

     

     

    Q.           CULTURED MILK PRODUCTS

     

    QC:         Cultured Products – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Karoun Dairies Inc, CA: Karoun Labne Kefir cheese

    2nd        Redwood Hill Farm, CA: Lactose Free Sour Cream

    3rd         Straus Family Creamery, CA: Sour Cream

     

    QG:        Cultured Products – made from goat’s milk

    1st          No Award Given

    2nd        Redwood Hill Farm, CA: Plain Kefir

    3rd         No Award Given

     

    QA:        Cultured Products – Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          Redwood Hill Farm, CA: Lactose Free Strawberry Pomegranate Acai Kefir

    2nd        No Award Given

    3rd         No Award Given

     

    QF:         Limited to Crème Fraiche products – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Crème Fraiche

    2nd        Mozzarella Company, TX: Creme Fraiche

    3rd         Alouette Cheese USA llc, PA: Alouette Crème Fraiche

    3rd         Bellwether Farms, CA: Crème Fraiche

     

    QY:         Yogurts – Plain with no additional ingredients – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Cabot Creamery Cooperative, VT: Cabot Greek Style Yogurt, Plain

    2nd        Straus Family Creamery, CA: Greek Yogurt

    3rd         Karoun Dairies Inc, CA: Karoun Yogurt

    3rd         Straus Family Creamery, CA: Greek Yogurt, Nonfat

     

    QD:        Yogurts – Plain with no additional ingredients – made from goat’s milk

    1st          Montchevré-Betin, Inc., WI: Montchevré Goat Milk Yogurt Plain

    2nd        Redwood Hill Farm, CA: Plain Yogurt

    3rd         Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, CA: Capretta Greek Yogurt

     

    QE:         Yogurts – Plain with no additional ingredients – made from sheep’s milk

    1st          Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, NY: Sheeps Milk Yogurt Plain

    2nd        Best Baa Dairy Ltd., ON: Best Baa Dairy Sheep Milk Yogourt Plain

    3rd         La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Royogourt

     

    QQ:        Yogurts – Flavor Added – includes sugar, syrup, honey, agave, sweeteners, vanilla, fruit, etc. – all milks

    1st          Three Happy Cows LLC, TX: Three Happy Cows Honey Greek Yogurt

    2nd        Redwood Hill Farm, CA: Peach Yogurt

    3rd         Three Happy Cows LLC, TX: Three Happy Cows Blueberry Drinkable Yogurt

    3rd         Three Happy Cows LLC, TX: Three Happy Cows Strawberry Drinkable Yogurt

     

     

    R.            BUTTERS

     

    RC:         Salted Butter with or without cultures – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Cabot Creamery Cooperative, MA: Cabot Old Fashioned Solids

    2nd        CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, WI: Organic Pasture (Salted & Cultured) Butter

    2nd        CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, WI: Organic Salted Butter

    3rd         Parmalat Canada, ON: Lactantia Salted Butter

    3rd         Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Cultured Butter Lightly Salted

     

    RO:         Unsalted Butter with or without cultures – made from cow’s milk

    1st          Cabot Creamery Cooperative, MA: Cabot Unsalted Butter

    2nd        Tillamook County Creamery Association, OR: Tillamook Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter

    2nd        Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, VT: Cultured Butter Unsalted

    3rd         CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, WI: Organic European Style (Cultured) Butter

     

    RM:        Butter with or without cultures – made from goat’s, sheep’s or mixed milks

    1st          Nordic Creamery, WI: Goat Butter

    2nd        No Award Given

    3rd         La Moutonnière Inc., QC: Ewe’s Butter

    3rd         Mt. Sterling Cheese Co-op, WI: Salted Whey Cream Butter

     

    RF:          Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – all milks

    1st          Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Betta Butter Honey Walnut

    2nd        Nordic Creamery, WI: Maple Syrup Butter

    3rd         Formaggio Italian Cheese, NY: Betta Butter Chocolate Chip & Coconut

    3rd         Gold Creek Farms, UT: Truffle Butter

    3rd         Shatto Milk Company, MO: Garlic Butter

     

     

    S.            CHEESE SPREADS

     

    SC:          Open Category Cold Pack Style – all milks

    1st          Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Sharp Cheddar Spread

    2nd        Lactalis U.S.A., Inc., WI: Rondele Feta Spreadable Cheese

    2nd        Scott’s of Wisconsin, WI: Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food

    3rd         Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc, WI: Aged Asiago Cold Pack Cheese Food

     

    SF:          Cold pack cheese food and cheese spreads – Flavor Added – spices, herbs, seasonings, fruits – maximum moisture 44% – all milks

    1st          Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Horseradish Spread

    2nd        Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc, WI: Swiss & Almond Cold Pack Cheese Food

    3rd         Family Fresh Pack, WI: Sugar Brook Capital Amber Cold Pack

     

    SA:         Open Category Spreads with Flavors using a base with moisture higher than 44% – all milks

    1st          Rising Sun Farms, OR: Curry Cheese Torta

    2nd        Rising Sun Farms, OR: Mediterranean Cheese Torta

    3rd         Emmi Roth USA, WI: Serafina Garlic & Herb Spread

    3rd         Mozzarella Company, TX: Pecan Praline Mascarpone

     

     

    T.            AGED SHEEP’S MILK CHEESES

     

    TO:         Open Category

    1st          Grafton Village Cheese, VT: Bismark

    2nd        Finica Food Specialties, ON: Sheep Cheese

    3rd         Fromagerie Nouvelle France, QC: Zacharie Cloutier

     

     

    U.           AGED GOAT’S MILK CHEESES

     

    UG:        Open Category

    1st          Baetje Farms LLC, MO: Bloomsdale

    2nd        Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc., WI: Cave Aged Cardona

    3rd         Sartori Company, WI: Sartori Limited Edition Extra Aged Goat

     

     

    V.            WASHED RIND CHEESES

     

    VC:         Open Category – made from cow’s milk

    1st          La Fromagerie 1860 DuVillage inc., QC: La Tentation de Laurier

    2nd        Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: OKA Raclette

    2nd        Cowgirl Creamery, CA: Red Hawk

    3rd         Agropur Fine Cheese, QC: Champfleury

     

    VG:        Open Category – made from goat’s milk

    1st          FireFly Farms, MD: Cabra La Mancha

    2nd        Consider Bardwell Farm, VT: Manchester

    3rd         Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, CO: Haystack Mountain Red Cloud

     

    VS:         Open Category – made from sheep’s milk or mixed milks

    1st          Fromagerie Le Détour, QC: Le Clandestin

    2nd        Hidden Springs Creamery, WI: Meadow Melody Reserve

    3rd         Grafton Village Cheese, VT: Bear Hill

     

    VA:         Cheeses aged more than 90 days with up to 44% moisture – all milks

    1st          Uplands Cheese, WI: Pleasant Ridge Reserve

    2nd        Consider Bardwell Farm, VT: Rupert

    3rd         Emmi Roth USA, WI: Raclette