Old Europe Cheese won the annual Michigan Cheese Competition for their Triple Creme Brie entry. Sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Michigan State University Dairy Club, the winning entry was selected from seven entries. The entries were judged on aroma, flavor, body and texture.
The cheese competition is an opportunity for all Michigan cheese processors to have their “best” cheese compete against other cheesemakers. The cheese is auctioned off at the Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-bration. The money raised provides scholarships for dairy students through the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund. Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships annually to outstanding youth who exhibit at the Michigan State Fair, Michigan livestock Expo and Michigan Dairy Expo. The fund is also responsible for supporting educational awards provided to youth livestock and dairy exhibitors each year.
Mr. Patrick Heslip, retired Michigan Dairy Survey Officer; Gary Smith, Dairy Plant Food Safety Manager, MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; and Josh Hall, Dairy Production Technician, MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, judged the competition. Foster Swift and the Michigan Milk Producers Association Management Team purchased the grand champion cheese for $3,500.
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan is the umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan. On behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, these non-profit organizations provide science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. For more information, visit MilkMeansMore.org