Competing against a record number of 1,794 artisan and farmstead cheeses produced in the Americas, Québec cheesemakers rose to the occasion! Cheesemakers from Québec, home to North America’s first cheesemaking school (1891), won 23 ribbons, 4 of them 1st place and 10 of them 2nd place at the 2013 American Cheese Society (ACS) Annual Conference & Competition held in Madison, Wisconsin.
The ten Québec cheese producers honored were Fromagerie Bérgeron, Fromagerie Le Détour, Agropur Fine Cheese Division, La Moutonnière, Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf, Inc. (Saputo), La Fromagerie 1860 du Village, Inc. (Saputo), Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser (Fromages CDA), Fromagerie Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Fromages CDA), Beurrerie du Patrimoine and Fromagerie Nouvelle France.
The Québec Delegation in Chicago, in collaboration with the Québec Ministry of Agriculture’s Market Development and Export Division, were proud to support the hard-work and excellence of Québec cheesemakers during the ACS 2013 Conference & Judging Competition and look forward to their continued success at the 2014 event to be held in Sacramento, CA from July 30th-August 1st.
Recognized as a leading authority in the understanding, appreciation, education and promotion of farmstead and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas, the American Cheese Society judges cheese based on aesthetic as well as technical criteria. This year’s panel of judges included 19 of the world’s top technical and 18 of the world’s top aesthetic judges. 1,794 cheeses were entered into the ACS’s 2013 Judging & Competition from 257 producers originating from across the United States, Mexico and Canada, a fact that demonstrates the high caliber of competition and underscores the true achievement of the Québec cheesemakers.
For more information, contact:
International Marketing & Business Development - Food & Agriculture
Québec Government Office Chicago
Tel: 312-645-0395 x 59717