Local cheesemakers expected to make strong showing at national contest

Local cheesemakers expected to make strong showing at national contest
Dunbarton cheddar bleu cheese

Nearly 500 entries at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest will be coming from south central Wisconsin companies, according to a release.

The USCCC, known as the nation’s largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition, has shattered previous entry records with a 22 percent increase in the number of overall submissions, officials said. The contest on March 7-8 in Green Bay will judge 2,303 entries.

“Emmi Roth USA’s win at last year’s World Championship Cheese Contest boosted their sales, and other cheesemakers took notice,” said Kirsten Henning, events manager for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the contest’s host organization. “There’s no doubt that the growth in the number of our contest entries is related to an increased interest in marketing cheeses as award-winners.”

Competing dairy producers from south central Wisconsin:

Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion of Monroe

Arena Cheese of Arena

Associated Milk Producers of Portage

Babcock Dairy Plant at the University of Wisconsin

Brunkow Cheese of Darlington

Carr Valley Cheese of LaValle

Cedar Grove Cheese of Plain

Chalet Cheese Co-op of Monroe

Chula Vista Cheese of Browntown

Dairyfood USA of Blue Mounds

Decatur Dairy of Brodhead

Edelweiss Creamery of Monticello

Emmi Roth USA of Fitchburg

Family Fresh Pack of Monticello

Foremost Farms of Reedsburg

Hook’s Cheese Company of Mineral Point

Klondike Cheese of Monroe

Lactalis American Group of Belmont

Landmark Creamery of Albany

Maple Leaf Cheesemakers of Monroe

Meister Cheese of Muscoda

Mexican Cheese Producers of Darlington

Mill Creek Cheese of Arena

Montchevre-Betin of Belmont

Old Fashioned Foods of Mayville

Roelli Cheese of Shullsburg

Schoeder Kase of Rewey

Swiss Valley Farms of Shullsburg

Uplands Cheese of Dodgeville

Valley View Cheese of South Wayne

W&W Dairy of Monroe

White Hill Cheese of Shullsburg

Wisconsin Cheese Group of Monroe

Zimmerman Cheese of South Wayne

The public is welcome to observe the judging March 7-8 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, according to the release. The contest winners will be announced at the Cheese Champion reception March 9.