Québec performed well in the 32nd contest of the Cheese American Cheese Society (ACS), held in July in Providence, Rhode Island.
Québec cheese makers won 18 of the 355 awards! Québec ranked fourth among the participating 44 US states and Canadian provinces in the contest.
• First place prize won by Fromagerie Bergeron for its Louis Cyr, a Dutch-style cheese
• Three prizes awarded to the Fromagerie La Moutonnière for its feta, its feta with herbs, and a hard cheese called Fleur des Monts
• First place prizes won by Agropur Unité d’affaires fromages fins and Les Produits laitiers Saputo respectively, for their soft cheese with a washed rind Champfleury and Italian style smoked Caciocavallo
• Seven awards won by Agropur Unité d’affaires fromages fins and another five awards received by Les Produits laitiers Saputo (three) and Alexis de Portneuf cheese (one) and Fromagerie 1860 Du Village (one).
Featured Fine Products of Québec
During the closing ceremony, over 1000 participants sampled cheeses presented in the contest. United under the brand “Foods of Québec”, MAPAQ promoted fine food products from Québec. The Québec Government Offices in Boston and New York collaborated on this portion of the program, welcoming eight companies as a part of the trade mission.
Those present had the opportunity to enjoy:
• Unibroue beers
• Terra Cognita chutneys
• Fontaine Santé hummus
• Grizzly smoked salmon
• Breads of Première Moisson, Boulart and Magrebia bakeries
• Gourmet Nantel fudge.
The American Cheese Society cheese competition
The ACS is a non-profit organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1983, the association aims to promote the American cheese industry and to support development. It now has 1,540 members, of which 36% are retailers, restaurant owners, distributors or brokers. Of these members, 26 are from Québec and 53 from other Canadian provinces.
Each year, in late July or early August, the ACS holds its annual convention and cheese contest. In 2011, these events took place in Montréal. The birthplace of the first cheese school established in Canada, Québec continues its tradition of excellence in this sector: Quebec cheese received 275 awards in the context of this competition over the last 14 years.