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