19 Top Awards at National Cheese Competition Prove Sustainable Farming Equals Great-Tasting Food
PITTSBURGH, PA (JULY 31, 2018) -- Five Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) cheeses earned first place recognition at the 35th annual American Cheese Society Competition this past Friday in Pittsburgh, PA:
'Claire's Mandell Hill' Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW goat milk cheese from Ruggles Hill Creamery, MA, won first place in the Flavored Cheeses - Farmstead Cheese with Flavor Added (all milks) category.
'Aux Arcs,' a mixed milk cheese made with Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW sheep's milk from Green Dirt Farm, MO, won first place for the Washed Rind Cheeses Aged more than 60 days - up to 42% moisture - made from mixed, or other milks category.
'Dairyland Farmers' made from Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW cow's milk at Chapel Hill Creamery, NC, won first place in the Fresh Unripened Cheeses - made from cow's milk category.
'Slyboro', made from Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW goat's milk at Consider Bardwell Farm, VT, won first place in the Washed Rind Cheeses Aged more than 60 days - up to 42% moisture - goat's milk category. Consider Bardwell Farm's 'Goatlet', a collaboration with Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn, NY, also took first place in the American Made/International Style - made from mixed, or other milks category, a mixed milk cheese made with Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW goat's milk.
Winning a total of 19 awards, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farms also won the following American Cheese Society medals:
Chapel Hill Creamery, NC: 3rd place for 'Hickory Grove' -- Farmstead Cheeses.
Green Dirt Farm, MO: 2nd for 'Dirt Lover' -- Sheep's Milk Cheeses; 'Fresh Garlic Peppercorn' -- Flavored Cheeses; 3rd for 'Fresh Plain' -- Sheep's Milk Cheeses; 'Fresh Rosemary' -- Flavored Cheeses; 'Woolly Rind' -- Soft-Ripened Cheeses; and 'Bossa' -- American Originals.
Consider Bardwell Farm, VT: 2nd for 'Manchester' -- Farmstead Cheeses and 'Pawlet' -- American Originals.
Ruggles Hill Creamery, MA: 2nd for 'Ellie's Cloudy Down' -- Goat's Milk Cheeses and 'Ode to Joy' -- Goat's Milk Cheeses; 3rd for 'Ada's Honor' -- Soft-ripened Cheeses and 'Brother's Walk' -- Goat's Milk Cheeses.
Tomales Farmstead Creamery, CA: 2nd for 'Atika' -- Washed Rind Cheeses.
This year's American Cheese Society award winners were announced on Friday, July 27, at the 35th Annual ACS Conference in Pittsburgh. Winners were selected from over 1,954 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 259 companies across 35 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, as well as three Columbian, one Mexican and one Brazilian state. A total of 364 awards were given. Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farms have won American Cheese Society awards every year for the past six years.
Acknowledged by Consumer Reports as the only "highly meaningful" food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW is an independent, nonprofit farm certification program--and one of the nation's Top 5 fastest growing food label claims. Consistently winning awards at regional and national food competitions, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW products demonstrate the clear link between high-welfare, pasture-based management and the quality and taste of the dairy, meat and eggs the animals produce. Owner of Chapel Hill Creamery, Portia McKnight, says,
"At Chapel Hill Creamery we believe every step of the cheesemaking process influences the final product, and that high animal welfare improves milk quality, which improves the final product. Our aim is to delight customers with our cheeses, and we're so pleased to bring home a couple of American Cheese Society awards!
Executive Director of A Greener World, Andrew Gunther, says,
"The Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label is known as a source of quality. It's no surprise that high-welfare, sustainable farmers who provide such excellent care for their animals also demonstrate careful skill and dedication in the crafting of their cheese products. We're so proud to work with these farmers who are not only stewards of the countryside and members of vibrant rural communities, but are also providing these delicious dairy products to people nationwide. Our congratulations to everyone involved."