Saturday, March 28, 2015

New York Companies Win at Largest Cheese Contest in the US

Great Lakes Cheese in Adams won a first place at the 2015 United States Championship Cheese Contest held March 17 through 19 in Milwaukee.

Great Lakes won the gold medal for sharp cheddar with a score of 99.5. Great Lakes also placed third gaining a bronze medal in the cheddar (two years or older) category with a score of 98.75 and placed fifth in the cheddar (one to two years old) category with a score of 98.

Also winning a gold medal was Upstate Niagara Cooperative out of West Seneca for its high protein cow's milk flavored yogurt. It scored 99.5 on its blueberry Greek yogurt. 

Upstate Niagara also placed fifth in lowfat cow's milk plain yogurt with a score of 98.05, third for its lowfat blended cow's milk flavored for its orange cream with a score of 98.4 and fourth place (score 97.85)  with its lowfat blended cow's milk flavored yogurt for its sugar cookie.

The largest cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the United States set a new record with 1,885 entries from 28 states. The 2015 United States Championship Cheese Contest has been hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association for 34 years.

A total of 32 experts in dairy product testing from 18 states worked two days to judge the entries for best cheeses, butter and yogurt. Working in teams of two, they had to sniff, taste and examine each entry before scoring the entries and awarding gold, silver and bronze medals in each category.
The following New York companies won medals:

The participating U.S. states include cheese, butter and yogurt from New York, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

The overall best of show was a Swiss wheel from Team Guggisberg, Sugarcreek Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio, with a score of 98.496.  

Other New York winners were:

Provolone: Sorrento, Buffalo, mild provolone, 99.2, third place; Empire Cheese, Cuba, NY, mild provolone, 99.15, fourth place

Aged Provolone -- Empire Cheese, Cuba, 98.5, fourth place

Smoked Provolone -- Sorrento, Buffalo, smoked mild, 98.85, second place; Empire Cheese, Cuba, 98.6, fifth place

String Cheese -- Kraft Foods/Pollio Italian Cheese, Campbell, 99.35. third place

Ricotta -- Sorrento, Buffalo, whole milk based ricotta, 99.2, second place; Sorrento, Buffalo, whole milk deli whey based ricotta, 99, fourth place; and tied for fifth place, Losurdo, Heuvelton, and Sorrento, Buffalo, 98.95.

Unsalted Butter -- OATKA, Batavia, 98.6, fourth place

Mozzarella -- Sorrento, Buffalo, second place, 98.05, whole milk high moisture; Sorrento, Buffalo, third place, 97.7, whole milk low moisture

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