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We’ve got some good news! Three varieties of Tillamook Cheese were voted “America’s Best” at the 2013 United States Championship Cheese Contest®!

Tillamook Colby Jack took “Best of Class” with a score of 99.40. Colby Jack is a veteran on the winners’ stand, previously earning “America’s Best Colby Jack” at the 2011 U.S. Championship! Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar was voted “Best of Class” receiving a score of 99.45 out of 100, as well as second place in the Aged 2 years or longer Cheddar Category. Tillamook Sharp Cheddar scored 98.65 earning “Best of Class” for Sharp Cheddar aged 6 months to one year. We’re honored to be able to offer these “America’s Best” cheeses to all of our fans!

Held last week in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest® had a record-breaking total of over 1,700 entries, up 100 entries from 2011!!!

81 comments

mark chambers

tillamook sharp and extra sharp have the best taste of any other cheese out there i have tried them all.the colby jack is also great great job tillamook

March 18th, 2013 at 11:45 am

Becky Purvine Sterup

Congratulations!!!!! The honors are well deserved.
We love serving the Tillamook Sharp Cheddar and Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar with Auntie Becky's Blue Ribbon Garlic Dill Pickles - winner of the Oregon State Fair three times.

March 18th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Garrick Kashiwa

The best cheese in the U.S.

March 18th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

David

I love your tillamook swiss it is the best

March 18th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Richard McInnis

Tillamook Sharp is one of my favorite cheeses. That extra bite the Sharp has adds a real kick to a grilled cheese sandwich. Congratulation to all three cheeses. Keep up the good work.

March 18th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

dave keller

I love cheese

March 18th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Tracy

I haven't had the pleasure of trying all these, of late due to the fact that we have had limted access to Tillamook cheeses! Just recently found them one time in our Sam's Club in Fayetteville, NC! Would LOVE to be able to have more access and availbility of all varieties of Tillamook products! I grew up on the Cheese's & LOVE them! (especially the Sharp!)

A loving Cheese Fan
Tracy Schmidt

March 18th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Gus C

CONGRATULATIONS! Nice wins for my favorite cheese!

March 18th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Walter

Who knew that being laid back could would be so great and still win the race ! You need to come to my new residence in Turlock, CA (aka Turdlock named by the haters) only due to the massive amount of cows we have here. Please visit us, cheese lovers welcomed.

March 18th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever

Woot! I agree with all of the above. They are our faves!

Congrats Tillamook!!!

March 18th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Tom McCurry

Your colby is excellent too and I keep your medium cheddar on hand too
Chief McCurry
USN retired

March 18th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Carolyn Peace

Congratulations!!!

You deserve every award you get. Your cheese is is absolutely "The Very Best!!"

Wish you would "invade" the East Coast with your wonderful products.

March 18th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Deb

Congratulations!!! 3 of the biggest wins in the 2013 competition! So very happy for you because I absolutely LOVE TILLAMOOK CHEESE!!! Well done Tilliamook!!!!!

March 18th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

marcia burchett

CONGRATULATIONS TILLAMOOK!!!! Many more years ahead to even get better!

I love it!

March 18th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Trisha Libolt

Congratulations!!!!! I already knew you were #! but nice to be recognized by everyone.
Keep up the good work. Always looking for new things to try.

March 18th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

beth Philpott

congradulations on winning..Myfavorite is the white extra sharp.

March 18th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Geri

Just have to say I love tillamook vintage white extra sharp cheddar. I know its kinda cheesy. lol But my sister gets me a block for my birthday every year. I love it

March 18th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Judi

I have a cottage B & B. Each morning, with a knock on the cottage door, guests are delivered seasonal "Oregon" breakfasts. Ingredients include pastured local eggs, homemade jams of Oregon fruit, yogurt made with organic Oregon milk, free range Oregon meats and Oregon cheeses. Guests appreciate and recognize the Tillamook Cheese name and we all love Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar. It's a great product, which we always have on hand.

March 18th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Susan M.

Wow! That's quite an accomplishment! Just thinking of the White Cheddar right now is making my mouth water ... We love Tillamook in our house too : D

March 18th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Stuart K. Kelly

I was just going to "write in" telling you how much I enjoy your Sharp Cheddar Cheese that I purchased at Albertsons last week. About how the texture and taste was so much better than Kraft Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar - which for me was the "gold standard" for so many years. But after arriving at your web-site and seeing all the awards you have just won this year...you don't need me to tell you anything.
I must admit the only reason I purchased your cheese was because:
1. I seemed to have remembered purchasing a Tillamook product before and
found it to be "pretty good".
2. I remembered the commercials with those two guys in Texas getting
"longhorns" mounted on their van.
3. It was "On Sale" - 2 for 1 - buy one get one free...I "bought 2" - got 4.
(should have bought ten)
I think America loves it when the "little guy" beats the "big guy" and in my book you have beaten Kraft hands down in the Sharp Cheddar Cheese arena. Don't change anything! Like I said - taste and texture - it cuts better, it melts better and it tastes better.
Respectfully, Stuart K. Kelly Fort Worth, Texas

March 18th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Colleen Morgan Butterfield

The Tillamook White Extra Sharp Cheddar is the BEST cheese in the world ! I usually do not eat cheese unless it is melted or shredded, but this creamy, tasty cheese is perfection, and could seduce an angel ! Yum !!

March 18th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Danny Williams

I love all of the Tillamook Cheese, The sharp may be my favorite. Any coupons out there??

March 18th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Diane Wilson

Love your cheeses: Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Jack and Medium Cheddar. Right now have a baby loaf of each in the fridge.

Also a fan of your butter, yogurt, and ice cream.

Many thanks for your quality products!!

March 18th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Jeff

Like a BOSS.

March 19th, 2013 at 4:17 am

Russell Bowman

Congratulations! It must be the wonderful pastureland and the great way you process this cheese that makes the difference. I will bet many would not think of the front end of cheese making, but the right grasses, plenty of water right off the ocean breezes, good animal care and dedicated dairy men, it all adds up to the final product, and if I buy cheese, it is nearly always your brand.

I wish you made some non-fat alpine lace, I would eat more of your product. Also, going into goat cheese would be a new one for you to try. The same great pasture land areas could make some wonderful goat cheeses.

One of my favorites I have when I get to the San Fransisco area is blue cheese on top of some french sour dough bread, for which there is no equal in this area. Oh well, one cannot have it all. The north west is still the best place to live in my book.

Thanks for the fine products!,

Russ

March 19th, 2013 at 5:53 am

Asu West

Definitely sharp cheddar!

March 19th, 2013 at 6:28 am

Rhonda Best

Tillamook Colby Jack is delicious!

March 19th, 2013 at 8:15 am

CHERYL ANN HOLLARS

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, LLLLOVE TILLAMOOK CHEESES. THEY ARE GREAT.!!! I LOVE ALL OF THEM. Y'ALL ARE GREAT!!! I LOVE YOUR CHEESE!!

March 19th, 2013 at 8:26 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your comment! I’m so happy to hear you’re a fan!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Becky,

Thanks for your support! I’ll have to try the Cheddar and pickles combination - that sounds delicious! Thanks again for your comment.

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Garrick,

I’m so glad you think so too!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:15 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi David,

Thanks for your support! Have you tried the Babs recipe? It’s my favorite way to eat Swiss.

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:17 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Richard,

Thanks so much for your comment! There’s nothing better than a kicky grilled cheese. I’m so glad you’re a fan!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Dave,

Me too! What’s your favorite way to eat Tillamook?

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

Mel

Tillamook Vintage Extra Sharp is my very favorite and always in the fridge! One of the best things we've discovered since moving cross country to Oregon within this past year!

March 19th, 2013 at 9:23 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Tracy,

Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear you can’t find our cheese. I hope someday soon you’ll be reunited. Thanks for being a long-distance Tillamook lover!

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:27 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Gus,

Thanks for being a fan! I’m happy to hear we’re your favorite!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:30 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Walter,

Thanks for your comment! Have you checked out the Loaf Love Tour schedule? It looks like our little buses will be rolling through Manteca in a couple of months! I hope you and the Turlock cows can stop by :).

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:37 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Linda,

Thank you! Support from fans like you means the world to us!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:39 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Chief McCurry,

I’m so happy to hear you’re a fan! Thanks for your comment!

Sincerely,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:49 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for your support! Have you checked out our Where to Buy page http://www.tillamook.com/wheretobuy/index.html? You might be able to find a few spots in your area that have been invaded by our cheddar. Thanks again!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 9:52 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Deb,

Thank you! We’re so lucky to have fans like you! Which cheese is your absolute favorite?

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Marcia,

Thanks for your comment, and for being a Tillamook fan!

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:25 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Trisha,

Thanks so much! I’m so happy to hear we’re your #1 cheese!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:28 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Beth,

Thank you! What’s your favorite way to eat Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp?

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:34 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Geri,

The Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar is one of my favorites too! Cheesy gifts are the always the best! Thanks for your comment.

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:39 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Judi,

Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad to hear that you and your guests love our cheese! Those breakfasts sound delicious. Yum!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:42 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Susan,

Thanks for being a fan! Have you tried making the Roast Beef with Carmalized Onions? It’s one of my favorites with the Vintage White Cheddars!

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:47 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Stuart,

Welcome to the Tillamook family! I’m so glad you love our Sharp Cheddar! Do you have a favorite way to cook it?

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 19th, 2013 at 10:59 am

Betty

I can see why it came out on top.....I was born in Oregon & have lived in Texas for over 30 yrs. A few years ago Tillamook became available here - yea!!!!! It is the BEST!!! My favorite is Medium Cheddar.

March 19th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Lynne

congratulations on a continuing awards. Striving for perfect will always pay off, and your followers really do reap the rewards. Thanks for making cheese a treat for our taste buds.

March 19th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

william thompson

Tillamook is the best,as a native webfoot I just wished it was more widely available out here,especially the white vintage

March 20th, 2013 at 6:00 am

william thompson

oops' out here meaning oklahoma city,Ok

March 20th, 2013 at 6:01 am

william thompson

Was talking to woman in sams club who had baby loaf of sharp.come to find out she toured the tillamook facility and we both had the same desire for white vintage.After she tasted it @ factory there's no going back. It's just not available here in Oklahoma or extremely difficult to find.

March 20th, 2013 at 6:05 am

william thompson

You need to hire me as a sales person to travel central and eastern U.S. , so all the people can enjoy Tillamook.

March 20th, 2013 at 6:10 am

Carol

We always have known Tillamook is the best! My husband worked at the Pleasant Valley Cheese Factory way back in the 1940s. Tillamook was great then and still maintains that quality after all those years!

March 20th, 2013 at 11:37 am

Loreina

Extra Sharp is the best!! We don't have much Tillamook where I am in Texas, but I buy what I have available! :)

March 20th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Colleen,

Thanks for your comment! I’m so happy that you’re a fan!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 8:27 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Danny,

Thanks for commenting! While we don’t have any coupons online right now, you can take a “Know Your Cheese Quiz” and enter to win a cheesy gift box – there’s a winner every month!

Thanks again for being a fan of Tillamook!

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Diane,

I’m so glad to hear you’re a fan! It sounds like your fridge is well stocked with yummy dairy!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 8:41 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Russ,

Thank you for taking the time to write to us! I am so glad you love our high quality cheese. I’ll be sure to pass on your suggestions to the product development team. I agree – blue cheese with sourdough is delicious!

Thanks again,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 8:51 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Mel,

Welcome to Oregon! I’m so pleased you hear you discovered us. What’s your favorite way to eat the Vintage White Extra Sharp?

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Betty,

Thanks for the compliments! I’m so glad you’ve been reunited with your favorite cheese from home.

Thanks again,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:04 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi William,

Thanks for taking the time to write to us! It definitely sounds like you’re a great ambassador! I’m sorry to hear you have a hard time finding your favorite flavor. Have you checked out our Where to Buy page http://www.tillamook.com/wheretobuy/index.html? You’ll be able to search for all our products in your area. Please be sure to call ahead to any store before making a special trip!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:09 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your support! We are feelin’ pretty fantastic!

Best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:12 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Asu,

Thanks for your comment! What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:13 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Rhonda,

I’m so glad you love our Colby Jack! I made a grilled cheese and ham with Colby Jack and Vintage White Extra Sharp yesterday – amazing! Do you have a favorite recipe?

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:17 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Cheryl Ann,

Thanks for the compliment! It’s so fun hearing from fans like you. I have a hard time picking just one favorite too!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:32 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Lynne,

Thanks for your comment! I’m so glad you think our cheese is tasty! Support from fans like you means so much to us.

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Loreina,

Thanks for being a fan! Have you checked out our Where to Buy page? You can use it to search for Tillamook products in your area. Please be sure to call and check that the Extra Sharp is in stock before you shop!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 10:10 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Carol,

Thanks for writing! I’m so glad to hear you’re a life-long Tillamook fan. Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 21st, 2013 at 10:14 am

treisa

hi why don't you guys have coupons. for bigger familys out there. we need your help to.

March 22nd, 2013 at 12:17 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Tresia,

Thanks for reaching out to us! While we don’t currently have any online coupons, stay tuned for special offers on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TillamookCheese. Whenever we have a new offer, we will also notify you via our email newsletter - thanks for signing up!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

April 2nd, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Brandi

We're a Marine Corps family from the Pacific NW. We've been stationed as far west as Hawaii and as far east as North Carolina (our current duty station). I've been able to enjoy Tillamook cheese everywhere we've been except here in Jacksonville, NC. Today that changed!!! I found Tillamook Pack-It-Pals at the local Sam's Club here. That was the only Tillamook product they had, but it was like Christmas morning!!! Man have I missed your cheese; and I am so thankful to have finally found it here!!!

May 7th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Brandi,

Yay! I’m so happy you found your favorite cheese! Have you checked our Where to Buy page to help you find more of our products? I hope this is helpful! Thanks so much for your comment.

All my best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

May 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

christina

Have loved your medium cheddar ever since I was a child.Moved to Indiana from California and was so happy to recently find it at a local grocery store (Payles). I really hope they keep it in stock!

May 31st, 2013 at 10:59 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Christina,

I'm so happy to hear you can enjoy a little slice from home! Have you checked our Where to Buy tool? It might help you find more stores that sell our Medium Cheddar!

Thanks,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

June 6th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

wayne

this does not surprise me one bit.. what i find very surprising is the cost of ordering direct from u. A 2lb baby loaf costs btween $10 & $11 from ralphs or vons. for me to buy it from u it costs $16.50 [$19 for xtra sharp(my personal fav)]. Plus $3.50 handling charge. thats before the "required 2nd Day Air" shipping ($9).thats $31 & change, for something that should cost me $11-$12 at most. why bother offering it online at all? that being said i wil still only eat tilamook cheese. i just won't order it from u. congratulations for the recognition by your peers for making a top quality product. keep up the good work.(not the high price of ordering direct from u).

July 4th, 2013 at 2:06 am

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Wayne,

Thanks for reaching out to us, and for being a fan of our cheese! Although we wish we could offer the same pricing in our Online Shop that you can find at grocery stores, there are some extra costs that come along with being able to send our cheese to anyone in the US, and making sure it arrives in the best possible condition. Giving you good value is really important to us, and I’ll be sure to share your comments with the rest of the team.

Sincerely,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

July 30th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Mara

I'm going to school in Chicago and the only cheddar I will eat is Tillamook! (Apparently the midwest makes cheese too but I'm not buying it, literally or figuratively.) I bring the 2.5lb Costco loaves with me from home, or have my dad ship them to me during the cold months, because it's expensive out here. Now, if only I could find Tillamook Ice Cream...

November 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Callie

Tillamook Team

Hi Mara,

Thanks for your comment! I love hearing that you've brought your Tilla-love to the midwest! Have you checked our Where to Buy page? There may be a loaf or two hiding closer than you think. Thanks again for writing.

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

November 7th, 2013 at 11:05 am
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