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Two Prairie Farms cheese plants were among the top winners of the American Cheese Society Judging and Competition, the largest event of its kind for American-made cheeses. Awards for the 40th anniversary of the competition were announced on July, 19th at the Annual American Cheese Society Conference in Des Moines, IA. This year's competition featured cheeses from nearly 200 companies with over 1,400 entries competing in 120 categories and tested by an esteemed panel of 30 judges.
After the votes were tallied, Prairie Farms' Luana Cheese Plant in Luana, IA., came away with a pair of winners for ACS judges in the Low Fat/Low Salt Cheeses and American Made/International Style categories which included:
- JR: Light/Lite and Reduced Fat Cheeses:
- 1st Place: Prairie Farms Neufchatel
- DE: Emmental-Style with Eye Formation (Swiss, Baby Swiss, Block, Wheels) – made from cow’s milk:
- 3rd Place: Prairie Farms Swiss Cheese
In the Blue Mold Cheeses Category, the Caves of Faribault plant in Faribault, Minnesota, received a bronze finish with this delicious creation:
- FC: Rindless Blue-Veined – made from cow’s milk:
- 3rd Place: AmaGorg® Gorgonzola Cheese.
“We are honored to be a part of the ACS community and humbled in receiving Awards from such an accomplished peer group,” said Mike Christenson, Vice President of Sales for Prairie Farms’ Cheese Division. “None of which would be possible without our farmers continually providing the highest quality milk, allowing our cheesemakers to consistently produce high quality cheeses. We are so proud of our teams for their continued dedication to crafting award-winning cheeses.”