The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association dates all the way back to 1891. It was in 1981 the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association began hosting the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay Wisconsin. It has become the premier cheese, butter, and yogurt competition in the United States.

Technical judges from all over the country come to Green Bay to evaluate each entry based on flavor, body, texture, salt, color, packaging and other attributes.  Gold, silver and bronze medals given to the highest scoring entries in each class. Think what it would mean to a creamery's sales staff to say their cheese, butter or yogurt was the best in the United States?

There are quite a number of cheese companies in Minnesota competing in the 2023 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest including:

Agropur of Le Sueur, Associated Milk Producers Inc. of New Ulm, Bongards Creameries of Norwood and Perham, Dairy Farmers of America of Zumbrota, First District Association of Litchfield, Kemps, LLC of Farmington, Milk Specialties of Mountain Lake, Prairie Farms Dairy-Caves of Faribault of Faribault, Redhead Creamery of Brooten, Stickney Hill Dairy of Rockville.

There are a total of 2,249 entries across 113 classes of dairy products. "This nationally renowned competition is an opportunity for dairy manufacturers across the country to improve their products, reach new customers - and achieve one of the industry's highest levels of prestige," said Kristen Strohmenger, Contest Manager. The winners will be announced later this week. I will keep you posted!

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