Tillamook Colby awarded 'America's Best' at the 2011 American Cheese Society Competition
Adding to an already impressive line-up of awards this year, Tillamook® Colby brought home a first place for the Tillamook County Creamery Association at the 2011 American Cheese Society Judging & Competition (ACS), held Aug. 5 in Montréal, Quebec. In total, Tillamook cheeses brought home four awards.
Earlier in the year, Tillamook’s Monterey Jack and Colby Jack were both judged Best of Class at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest®, earning them each the title of America’s Best. With the addition of the ACS award for Colby, Tillamook has achieved the cheese version of a “triple crown” of wins for this trio of creamy, soft and mild cheeses, all on the heels of winning World’s Best Medium Cheddar at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest®
"We are very excited to see Colby recognized as the best in its category,” stated Harold Strunk, president and CEO, "It makes perfect sense for our Colby to have won first place since it is part of the foundation that makes America’s Best Colby Jack. It’s been a great year for our cheeses being recognized for their quality and taste. It is a pretty outstanding accomplishment."
Like all Tillamook cheeses, all natural Tillamook Colby is made with the highest quality milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. It is available in stores in a 2-lb. Baby Loaf. The award-winning Colby Jack, Monterey Jack and a variety of other Tillamook cheeses are also found in deli and cheese cases in grocery stores nationwide.
For more information on the American Cheese Society judging and competition, visit www.americancheesesociety.org.
About the American Cheese Society
The American Cheese Society was founded in 1983 to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry. They provide educational resources and networking opportunities to the cheese community, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking focused on safety and sustainability. There were 258 entrants and 1,676 different cheeses judged in the American Cheese Society’s 2011 Judging & Competition.
About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Established in 1909, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a cooperative of 110 dairy farming families guided by century-old values of quality, cooperation, integrity, stewardship and responsiveness. Quickly becoming one of the top dairy brands in the country, Tillamook is most famously known for its award-winning, naturally aged Tillamook cheddars and also offers a variety of other cheeses, ice cream, butter, sour cream and yogurt.