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Team Guggisberg Sugarcreek of Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, OH, took top honors here Thursday evening for its Swiss wheel in the 2015 US Championship Cheese Contest.
The winning Swiss wheel scored 98.496 in the final round of judging, during which judges re-evaluated the top 16 cheeses at a charity gala to determine the overall champion.
Guggisberg’s win marked the first time a cheese company from Ohio captured the top prize in the US Championship Cheese Contest, which has been held biennially since 1981. Previous contest winners have hailed from Wisconsin, California New York, and Indiana.
First runner-up in the contest, with a score of 98.389, was a Brick cheese made by Randy Pitman of
Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, WI.
The Kiel Production Team of Land O’Lakes, Kiel, WI, earned second runner-up honors with a Medium Cheddar, scoring 98.337 in the final round.
“Every medalist should be extremely proud of being recognized as the best of the best in the largest national dairy competition ever held,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), contest host.
First, second and third place winners in each of the 89 contest categories are as follows:
Best of Class: Mark Frederixon, Associated Milk Producers Inc (AMPI) .-Blair, Blair, WI, 99.70
Second Award: James Hayden, James Smullin, Dave Bunnell, Kasie Cota, Glanbia Foods, Blackfoot, ID, 99.40
Third Award: Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Weyauwega, WI, 99.35
Best of Class & Finalist: Land O’Lakes, Inc.Kiel, WI, 99.50
Second Award: Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Weyauwega, WI, 99.30
Third Award: Dan Stearns, Agropur, Weyauwega, WI, 99.05
Best of Class: Rob Blount, Great Lakes Cheese of NY, Adams, NY, 99.50
Second Award Winner: Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT, 98.90
Third Award: Land O’Lakes for Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Plymouth, WI, 98.85
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