LONGUEUIL, QC, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - During the summer, Agropur Cooperative picked up top awards at two major cheese competitions, winning two prizes at the Caséus awards in Quebec and eight prizes at the American Cheese Society Judging & Competition in July.
Agropur products were the jury's first choice in two categories at the Caséus awards, which were handed out at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on September 15.
Agropur Grand Cheddar aged five years, made at Notre-Dame-de-Bon Conseil, Quebec, was the big winner in the "cheddar cheese" category, while OKA L'Artisan won first prize in the "firm or hard cheese" category.
The Sélection Caséus competition celebrates the finest Quebec cheeses. Each year, it rewards cheesemakers who produce unique products of outstanding quality.
American Cheese Society competition
The American Cheese Society (ACS) held the 32nd edition of its prestigious Judging & Competition in Providence, Rhode Island in July. ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for members of the cheese industry, while striving to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in North America. In all, 1,779 cheeses from the U.S. and Canada were entered in the competition.
Agropur cheeses made in Oka, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Damase and Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil won eight awards at the elite event.
- Champfleury (Saint-Hyacinthe)
- Brie Normandie (Saint-Hyacinthe)
- Camembert l'Extra (Saint-Hyacinthe)
- L'Extra Triple Crème (Saint-Hyacinthe)
- E-Lite Nature (Saint-Damase)
- Rondoux Double Crème (Saint-Hyacinthe)
- Agropur Grand Cheddar aged 5 years (Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil)
- OKA with Mushrooms (Oka)
Agropur is proud of the employees whose passion for their craft is earning its cheeses recognition across North America. Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in this success!
Founded in 1938, Agropur is a major player in the North American dairy industry with sales of more than $4.7 billion in 2014, 3,473 dairy producer owners and 8,000 employees. Agropur processes more than 5.4 billion litres of milk per year at its 40 plants across North America and boasts an impressive roster of well-known brands and products, including Natrel, Québon, OKA, Farmers, Agropur Signature, Agropur Grand Cheddar, Sealtest, Island Farms, biPro and the Ultima Foods joint venture's iögo and Olympic brands. www.agropur.com
For further information: Dominique Benoit, Senior Vice President, Institutional Affairs and Communications, Agropur Cooperative, Telephone: 450 646-1010