American Blue Takes the Cheese Crown in World Cheese Awards
November 26th, 2019
A blue cheese produced by Rogue Creamery in Oregon – “Rogue River Blue” – beat out 3,800 entries from 42 countries in October to take top honors at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. It’s the first time an American cheese has been named best in the world in the esteemed international competition.
The competition attracted cheese producers from around the world – many of whom use common names for their cheeses. The top 16 winners featured cheeses from the United States, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. Cheeses were shipped from as far away as Australia, Chile, Russia and South Africa; Japanese cheesemakers also made their debut at the competition, following Japan being added to the list of countries permitted to export dairy products to the EU earlier this year.