SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. & MODESTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California cow’s milk cheese makers won 10 awards at the 20th annual World Cheese Awards cheese competition held in late September in Dublin, Ireland.
Hosted by the Guild of Fine Foods, members of the Supreme Jury at one of the most prestigious cheesemaking competitions in the world tasted and judged 2,400 cheeses from almost every cheese-making nation (excluding South America). California cheesemakers competed against some of the world’s best, and showcased the quality and superiority of California dairy with an impressive showing of bronze, silver and gold awards.
California cow’s milk cheeses won one first-place, four second-place and five third-place awards in this year’s judging.
California winners in the 2008 World Cheese Awards competition included:
In all, 5 California cow’s milk cheese producers won awards. Top winners included Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese with five awards; Mozzarella Fresca Foods with two awards; Bravo Farms with one award; Cantaré Foods with one award; and Marin French Cheese Company with one award for cow’s milk cheeses.
Overall, 24 U.S. artisan cheesemakers were awarded a record 56 medals at this year’s World Cheese Awards. This was the best showing for U.S. cheesemakers in the history of the World Cheese Awards competition.
California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. Dairy products made with California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the Real California Cheese seal.
About the California Milk Advisory Board
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s 2,000 dairy families. With headquarters in South San Francisco and Modesto, the CMAB is one of the largest commodity boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese. For more information on California dairy products, visit www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com.