ANCO’S Hannah Thompson Receives American Cheese Society's Prestigious Certified Cheese Professionals Credential

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Thompson is part of an elite group of 132 individuals who passed the 2nd Annual Certified Cheese Professional Exam.

Hannah Thompson, ANCO corporate merchandising training manager, is among the 2013 class of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals™ (ACS CCPs™). Thompson is part of an elite group of 132 individuals who passed the 2nd Annual Certified Cheese Professional™ Exam, held this summer in Madison, WI. This prestigious group consists of cheese professionals from across the United States and Canada.

“I am honored to be counted among this distinguished group of professionals in the cheese industry,” said Thompson. “More importantly, however, I am excited to apply my newfound knowledge in my role as training manager at ANCO. I’m eager to share my learnings with my coworkers and our business partners. Ultimately, we can help educate consumers so they can make informed purchase decisions.”

The Certified Cheese Professional Exam™ - the only exam of its kind - was established by the society ( to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the industry. The exam was developed over an eight-year period with more than 100 industry experts working together. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, and regulations and sanitation.

“It is so gratifying to recognize this second class of Certified Cheese Professionals,” said Nora Weiser, society executive director. “The knowledge and expertise they demonstrate shows a level of commitment and dedication that is truly commendable. They raise the bar not only for cheese professionals, but also for everyday consumers who benefit from the quality of service and expert guidance CCPs provide.”

As an ACS Certified Cheese Professional™, Thompson will be required to actively participate in the cheese industry and continue her professional development to maintain this credential.

About ANCO

ANCO Fine Cheese is one of the largest importers of specialty cheese in the U.S., importing from more than 20 countries. Many of the best European cheesemakers - including group Bongrain SA, Friesland Campina and Wensleydale Creamery - rely on ANCO to import their delicacies to the United States. ANCO has five U.S. distribution centers to guarantee product freshness and food safety control. Visit ANCO online at

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