Kerrygold Wins Gold Medal at World Championship Cheese Contest

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Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese took the top spot in the Cheddar “Aged One or Two Years” Category in the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world.

The Irish Dairy Board’s Aged Cheddar Cheese (sold in the United States under the Kerrygold brand) won a gold medal with a 98.95 score in the Cheddar Aged One or Two Years category at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest held in March.

“We are thrilled to have won a gold medal for our Cheddar,” said Eugene O’Connor, factory manager of the co-op creamery in Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland, and head of the team that brought home the gold. “Kerrygold’s quality starts with milk from grass-fed cows. Our cheesemakers do an excellent job of producing the cheese from this superior milk, and our cheese graders select and taste for cheeses that will mature and age perfectly. Kerrygold Aged Cheddar develops a richness and rounded mouthfeel from its 12 months of aging. It has a creamy taste that distinguishes it from other Cheddars.”

Dairying is woven into the fabric of society in Ireland, with a history thousands of years old. Today, Ireland’s farmer and producer cooperatives ensure the survival of small family farms where average herd size is just 40 cows. The local farmers pool their milk to make butter and cheeses at local co-op creameries and the renowned dairy products are exported around the world under the Kerrygold brand. Kerrygold butter and cheeses are widely sold in the United States in supermarkets and specialty food stores. For a store finder, visit http://www.kerrygold.com/usa/locator.php. For more information about Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, visit http://www.kerrygold.com/usa.

The World Championship Cheese Contest, a biennial event, is the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world, receiving entries from 20 nations. An international panel of 30 cheese evaluation experts worked three days in Madison, Wis., to select medalists in 80 cheese and butter classes from 2,313 cheeses and butters submitted. Cheesemakers submitting cheeses came from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States

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