European Commission Awards ANCO's Wensleydale Cheese with Highly Coveted Protected Geographical Indication Status

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is handcrafted by The Wensleydale Creamery, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The PGI designation means no other cheesemaker outside the designated area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale.

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“Our heritage and provenance make Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese taste truly unique, and we’re delighted this is now officially recognized with PGI status."

Fairfield, NJ (PRWEB) January 20, 2014

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, distributed in the U.S. exclusively by ANCO Fine Cheese, has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Commission. The PGI designation means no other cheesemaker outside the designated area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale.

PGI status is designed to protect product names from misuse and imitation. It also helps consumers by educating them about specific characteristics of PGI-designated products.

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is handcrafted by The Wensleydale Creamery, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Creamery sources milk from local family farms to help ensure the quality and authenticity of its Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. The cheese's creamy, crumbly, full-flavor taste is derived from unique starter cultures combined with the Creamery’s cheese-making expertise.

David Hartley, managing director of The Wensleydale Creamery, said, “Our heritage and provenance make Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese taste truly unique, and we’re delighted this is now officially recognized with PGI status."

Wensleydale Cheese enjoys a historic pedigree, with production dating back to 1150 by Cistercian monks. In 1995, The Wensleydale Creamery was the first to launch Yorkshire Wensleydale with Cranberries, which has now become one of its best sellers and has firmly become established as a core cheese in the blended cheese category.

For more information on these and other ANCO fine cheeses, contact ANCO at 973-575-3226.

About ANCO

ANCO Fine Cheese is one of the largest importers of specialty cheese in the U.S., importing from more than 20 countries. A fully integrated company, ANCO has six warehouses, a complete range of import licenses, full-service logistics and distribution, as well as a retail and food-service sales force. Visit ANCO online at http://www.ancofinecheese.com/.


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