Great Lakes Cheese Wins 2014 World Cheese Championship Gold Medal

New York Sharp Cheddar Cheese Selected as Best-of-Class

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HIram, OH (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

An international panel of expert judges has named Great Lakes Cheese New York Sharp Cheddar as the 2014 World Cheese Championship Gold Medal Winner beating out 57 competitors from around the world in their category.

Manufactured in their Adams, New York plant, Great Lakes Cheese New York Sharp Cheddar won the World Gold Medal based on flavor, body, texture and finish – scoring 99.15 points out of a possible 100 points. “This reflects the immense effort of all our employees in the craftsmanship of making cheese,” said Gary Vanic, Great Lakes chief executive officer. “Our focus has always been on quality. We have an incredible team dedicated to making best-of-class products. This medal is a reflection of their hard work.”

The World Cheese Championship Contest is the world’s largest technical evaluation of cheese and butter and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Held bi-annually, the 2014 contest featured 2,619 cheese and butter entries from 22 countries. Overall, U.S. cheese makers dominated the competition, earning gold medals in 59 of the 90 categories judged. Switzerland came in second among the countries with seven gold medals. This year’s contest was held March 18-19, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Congratulations to the thousands of cheese makers from around the world who participated in the largest technical cheese competition ever held. Every medalist should be extremely proud of their accomplishment,” said John Umhoefer, executive Director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

About Great Lakes Cheese
Great Lakes Cheese is an award-winning, premier manufacturer and packer of natural and processed bulk, shredded, and sliced cheeses. Superior cheese products are provided from coast-to-coast through eight state-of-the-art production plants. As one of the largest packagers of cheese in the United States, Great Lakes serves grocery, club and super stores as well as restaurant chains and foodservice distributors. The company manufactures, packages and distributes a portfolio of private label and Adams Reserve branded cheese products. Privately owned with over fifty years of experience, each plant is SQF Certified to meet or exceed global food safety regulation.


  • Michael H. Hardman
    Hardman Group