PITTSBURGH, PA - A P.E.I. company is bringing home some major hardware from the 2018 American Cheese Society Competition.
COWS Creamery won seven medals at the competition, including the “Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar” winning first in its category and then being re-judged for the “Best of Show” award that looks at all winning entries.
Ultimately, Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar was awarded third place overall from the nearly 2,000 entries.
“This prestigious award for our Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar is a true honour,” said Andrea White, whole manager with COWS Creamery. “It is very exciting that a cheese made on Prince Edward Island using 100 per cent P.E.I. milk can stand up against the best cheeses in the Americas. This is not just a win for Prince Edward Island, but for all of Canada.”
In addition, the company’s 2-Year-Old Cheddar and 3-Year-Old Cheddar each won second place, while Extra Old Cheddar, Appletree Smoked Cheddar and Cultured Butter each won third place in their respective categories.
The competition saw 1,954 entries from 259 companies representing 35 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, Brazil, Columbia and Mexico. A total of 364 medals were awarded.
COWS started making ice cream about 35 years ago and added cheese to their product line about 12 years ago.
Butter production began about eight years ago and demand for all products have increased since then, said White.
“Producing high quality, delicious products using Prince Edward Island milk are the core of our business,” said White. “It’s all about the taste.’
More information on the American Cheese Society Competition can be found at Cheesejudging.org.