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Strategic Plan 2020

The ACS Strategic plan was developed with broad-based direction from stakeholders coupled with a proactive eye to the industry’s future. This multi-phased strategic planning process included: Board of Directors Self-Assessment and Analysis Member Satisfaction Survey Post-Conference Survey State of the Artisan and … Continue reading

ACS Lexicon & Glossary

The ACS Cheese and Dairy Product Lexicon and Glossary (ACS Lexicon & Glossary) aims to facilitate conversations across the supply chain of cheese by creating a credible, modern resource that provides a greater understanding of the myriad ways in which … Continue reading

ACS Retail Discount Program

The ACS Retail Discount Program allows current ACS members to receive discounts when shopping at participating retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Below, please find a map and corresponding list of retailers offering discounts to ACS members. Members must display … Continue reading

ACS Judging & Competition Cheese Entry Categories

2022 The ACS Judging & Competition Committee has defined the following entry categories for the products entered into the ACS Judging & Competition.  Download the ACS Judging & Competition Categories   A. FRESH UNRIPENED CHEESES Cheese Curds, Cottage Cheese, Cream … Continue reading

Heather Tucker, Program Coordinator

Heather Tucker joined ACS in early 2018 when she moved to Denver from Boston, MA after working for seven years at Tufts University in student life.  After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in public history, Heather worked … Continue reading

ACS Judging & Competition Cheese Entry Categories

2022 The ACS Judging & Competition Committee has defined the following entry categories for the products entered into the ACS Judging & Competition.  Download the ACS Judging & Competition Categories   A. FRESH UNRIPENED CHEESES Cheese Curds, Cottage Cheese, Cream … Continue reading

Those Bloomin’ Bloomies

Ask Dr. Cheese: Those Bloomin’ Bloomies   Bloomy-rind cheeses are finicky creatures, says Gianaclis Caldwell, Pholia Farm co-owner and cheesemaker and author of the forthcoming book, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking (Chelsea Green, Fall 2012). In this interview with San Francisco Chronicle … Continue reading

Tips for Cheese Lovers

Buying Cheese When buying cheese, it’s best to find a reliable source, such as a specialty market, cheese shop, or gourmet foods store that specializes in cheeses.  Often, your local farmer’s market and a cheesemaker’s Web site are excellent resources, as you will often … Continue reading

Renewing Your Membership

We’re making renewing your ACS membership even easier! Beginning April 27, 2021, ACS converted to a new member management system. If you had not renewed prior to this date, you were sent by email a newly generated invoice for your … Continue reading

2021 ACS Annual Conference

  Moving Forward Together with Purpose The Virtual Experience: July 28-30, 2021   ACCESS THE 2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE NOW!  Register to view ALL educational sessions, visit the Exhibit Hall and reach out to other industry peers that attended the virtual … Continue reading

ACS Conference Cancellation

After deliberation, due to events outside our control, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 37th Annual ACS Conference & Competition, scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon July 22-25. Our priority is you – our valued conference … Continue reading


Welcome to the American Cheese Society’s new website! If you are an active ACS member, you will have access to password-protected members-only content on this site, and you’ll be able to update and modify your account in our new member … Continue reading

ACS Webinar Series

ACS offers online education for our membership at no cost throughout the year in the form of educational webinars. In addition to these webinars, you can also find online training at the Safe Cheesemaking Hub. Upcoming webinars can be found … Continue reading

Membership FAQs

What’s the distinction between being an INDIVIDUAL and an ORGANIZATIONAL member of ACS? Individual Membership is designed for industry professionals who seek educational opportunities, networking, online resources, and professional development opportunities for personal growth and career advancement. An Individual Membership … Continue reading

Update on 12/10/15 Meeting Between ACS & FDA

On December 10, 2015, ACS leaders met with FDA representatives to touch base on a number of important regulatory issues affecting our industry.  Below are some of the key outcomes from this productive meeting. Key Takeaways and Shared Goals ACS was candid … Continue reading

Cheese Industry Scholarships

There are a number of industry scholarships available for members of the American Cheese Society community, offering enhanced educational opportunities in the United States and beyond. If you are a cheese professional looking for a great scholarship opportunity, we encourage … Continue reading

The Science of Artisan Cheese – A Recap

Kate Arding, co-founder of Culture Magazine, ACS Board member, and Chair of the ACS Regulatory & Academic Committee, traveled to England in August 2012 for “The Science of Artisan Cheese” — a two-day conference held by the Specialist Cheese Makers … Continue reading

Cheese Educator Directory

The ACS Cheese Educator directory is designed to help those seeking expand their cheese knowledge and cheese education. ACS shares regionally based educational resources, including courses offered through university extension programs and dairy research centers, state regulatory contacts, and regional … Continue reading

Member-2-Member Marketing

Member-2-Member Marketing emails are the quickest way to let the cheese community know about your product, service, or upcoming event. ACS will distribute your email message to the entire active ACS membership. The cost for this service is $250 per … Continue reading

Become an ACS CCP® Supporting Sponsor

Support Cheesemongers by Supporting the ACS CCP® Exam As a cheesemaker, you take care in every product you create – and you care about how your cheese ultimately reaches the consumer. As a distributor, you shepherd products to the retailer, … Continue reading

Virtual Member Meeting

ACS Virtual Member Meeting on July 23, 2020 At our first ever virtual meeting members engaged with familiar and new faces and received insight into the state of ACS and our industry. Watch the playlist in the order each event … Continue reading

The Science of Artisan Cheese: Online Edition

Every two years, over one hundred cheese makers, scientists, and members of the cheese industry gather at North Cadbury Court in Somerset for presentation and discussion of current research on topics related to artisan cheese. Since the first conference in … Continue reading

Communications During A Crisis

The coronavirus is having an impact on the way that everyone does business. As companies adapt to new circumstances, it’s important to communicate business information with accuracy and empathy. Join Ed Tagliaferri, Executive Vice President, DKC, as he addresses key … Continue reading

Extending Cheese Shelf Life

Join the Center for Dairy Research for a free webinar on Wednesday, April 8 at 2 pm (CT). The impact of COVID-19 on the dairy industry calls for new tools in the cheesemaking toolkit. CDR staff will share ideas for … Continue reading

7th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival

SAMPLE and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods MEET Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers ENJOY pairings with other local artisan foods and beverages TASTE wine, beer, and hard cider from New England’s best beverage makers LEARN about the … Continue reading

DSANA Dairy Sheep Symposium

The DSANA Dairy Sheep Symposium is the major annual event of the dairy sheep industry in North America, providing an educational environment and fostering connections among dairy sheep producers, processors, and researchers. For 24 years, dairy sheep producers from all … Continue reading

October Cheeses of the Month at Shoprite

Tasting and sales of various cheeses at ShopRite of Clinton, NJ (50 WALMART PLAZA, CLINTON, NJ 08809). Cheeseboard OCTOBER 2018 FALL INTO GREAT TASTE! ShopRite Norwegian Swiss The perfect Swiss cheese for snacking. Creamy and buttery with a rich sweet … Continue reading