Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fine Canadian Cheese Wins 19 International Awards

19 fine Canadian cheeses and 2 dairy products (butter, yogourt) were selected by a panel of 30 independent expert judges to receive international awards and special recognition for their excellence at the 2008 American Cheese Society Competition.

Hosted by The American Cheese Society - a non profit trade organization that encourages the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead and natural specialty cheeses produced in the Americas and Canada - this annual competition was establish to reward and give positive recognition to those cheeses that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic evaluation (i.e. flavor, aroma, and texture), as well as their technical evaluation.

Canadian winners stood out from 1,149 cheeses and dairy product entries submitted by 181 producers from 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces. The award winners were announced at ceremony held last July at the Merle Resking Theatre in Chicago.

21 Canadian cheeses and dairy products won awards in 16 categories. Medal count for Canada goes as follows: 8 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 bronze.

Winning Canadian dairy products include:


GOLD MEDALS (8)

Cheese: Snow Goat - Brie Triple Crème
Category: Triple Crème Soft Ripened - All Milks (cream added blue cheeses excluded)
Producer: Saputo / Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf

Cheese: Fleurs des Monts
Category: Open Category Sheep's Milk and Mixed Milk Cheeses (aged 60 days or more)
Producer: La Moutonnière Inc

Cheese: Sentinelle
Category: Open Category Made from Goat’s Milk
Producer: Fromagerie Le Détour

Cheese: Fin Renard
Category: Open Category Made from Cow’s Milk
Producer: Fromagerie Bergeron Inc.

Cheese: Feta dans l'huile aux herbes
Category: Flavor Added: Spices, Herbs, Seasoning, Fruits - All Milks
Producer: La Moutonnière Inc

Cheese: Feta
Category: Feta Made from Sheep’s Milk
Producer: La Moutonnière Inc

Cheese: Saputo Feta (plain)
Category: Feta Made from Cow’s Milk
Producer: Saputo Cheese GP

Butter: Goat Butter
Category: Butter Made from Goat Milk
Producer: Liberte


SILVER MEDALS (8)

Cheese: Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar
Category: Cheddars Wrapped in Cloth, Linen (aged over 12 months)
Producer: Cows Inc.

Cheese: Neige de Brebis
Category: Cheeses Made from Sheep’s Milk and/or Mixed Milks
Producer: La Moutonnière Inc

Cheese: Lotbinière
Category: Emmentaler Style Made from Cow's Milk with Eyed Formation (Swiss, Baby Swiss, etc. Excluded: Gruyere, Swiss style and Mountain style cheese)
Producer: Fromagerie Bergeron Inc.

Cheese: La Sauvagine
Category: Open Category Made from Cow’s Milk
Producer: Saputo / Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf

Cheese: Patte Blanche
Category: Open Category Made from Goat’s Milk
Producer: Fromagerie Bergeron Inc.

Cheese: Le Clandestin
Category: Open Category Made from Sheep’s Milk
Producer: Fromagerie Le Détour

Cheese: Saputo Provolone
Category: Pasta Filata Types - Provolone, Caciocavallo - All Milks
Producer: Saputo Cheese GP

Cheese: Woolwich Dairy Triple Crème Goat Brie
Category: Triple Crème Soft Ripened - All Milks (cream added blue cheeses excluded)
Producer: Woolwich Dairy Inc.


BRONZE MEDALS (5)

Cheese: La Dame du Lac
Category: Fat Free and Low Fat Cheeses (Limited to cheeses with 3 grams or less total fat per serving size)
Producer: Fromagerie Le Détour

Cheese: Yogurt-Style Goat Fresh Cheese, Honey
Category: Fresh Goat Cheese - Flavor Added (Cheeses flavored with floral, fruits, liquors, citrus, berries, cacao.)
Producer: Liberte

Cheese: Le Coeur du Nectar (Pomegranate & Raspberries)
Category: Open Category Made from Goat’s Milk
Producer: Saputo / Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf

Cheese: St-Honoré
Category: Triple Crème Soft Ripened - All Milks (cream added blue cheeses excluded)
Producer: Saputo / Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf

Yogourt: Plain 2% Yogourt
Category: Yogurts (made from all milk sources)
Producer: Liberte

The All You Need is Cheese Podcast wants to congratulate all winners who work daily to bring dairy excellence to our dinning tables here and around the World.

We also want to take this opportunity to thanks Christy Rhodes and her team at the American Cheese Society for helping us produce this post.

For more details about this competition please visit the American Cheese Society's website at www.cheesesociety.org

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1 comment:

dponce said...

huummmm!! I love cheese. Nice post.