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Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese won in 2010

Every two years the best cheese makers from around the globe gather in Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the World Championship Cheese Contest – the most prestigious cheese competition in the world. In 2010, Tillamook took home the prize for World’s Best Medium Cheddar Cheese, which was an incredible honor. But there is more to winning than just good tasting cheese.

Entries are judged on appearance, texture, smell, taste and a number of other categories that aim to distinguish the great from the best. Each participant submits a sample of cheese that must be a perfect representation of the category they entered. At Tillamook, our competition cheese, just like all the cheese that leaves our factory, is judged by our internal judges in the sensory department first. If tasting cheese all day sounds like fun, then this is a job for you! They taste Tillamook Cheese, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Sour Cream and Butter everyday to make sure we are delivering the best products to you and your family.

What does that mean for the contest? Although many companies craft special batches of cheese to enter, here at Tillamook, we feel that we should be judged on the same cheese we make for you everyday. That way you know, the World’s Best Medium Cheddar Cheese isn’t a special batch we created. It’s exactly what you buy in your local store.

The competition runs this week, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 7! If you want to get in on the action, the final round of this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest will be streamed live online at

Thanks for choosing Tillamook and wish us luck!

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