Common Names and Non-EU Producers Once Again Shine in World Cheese Awards

March 13th, 2019

Once again cheese producers from around the world – many of whom use common names on their cheeses – demonstrated the quality of their products at the World Cheese Awards, one of the most prestigious annual food competitions, which featured 3,500 cheeses from six continents, and was held in November in Bergen, Norway.

The top trophy winners included the “best vintage cheddar” which went to a Wisconsin company, Deer Creek Cheese. Another top winner was a mascarpone from Lancewood Cheese Holdings in South Africa. Other winners included a raclette from Norway, a ricotta from California, and a brie from South Africa. The U.S. Dairy Export Council noted that U.S. cheesemakers won 89 medals at the event – eight super gold, 25 gold, 24 silver and 32 bronze. In fact, U.S. cheeses now rank third overall in total medal counts since 2011, only behind Spain and UK and ahead of better-known cheese-making countries like France and Italy.