Hear ye! Hear ye! Old Europe Cheese won the annual Michigan Cheese Competition for their Triple Crème Brie!
Sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Michigan State University Dairy Club, the winning Old Europe Cheese entry was selected from seven entries, which were judged on aroma, flavor, body, and texture.
About the Michigan Cheese Competition
The Michigan Cheese Competition is an opportunity for all Michigan cheese processors to have their best cheese compete against other cheesemakers. The cheese is then auctioned off at the Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-bration. The money raised provides scholarships for dairy students through the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund.
Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships annually to outstanding youth who exhibit at the Michigan State Fair, Michigan livestock Expo and Michigan Dairy Expo. The fund is also responsible for supporting educational awards provided to youth livestock and dairy exhibitors each year.
Mr. Patrick Heslip, retired Michigan Dairy Survey Officer; Gary Smith, Dairy Plant Food Safety Manager, MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; and Josh Hall, Dairy Production Technician, MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, judged the competition. Foster Swift and the Michigan Milk Producers Association Management Team purchased the grand champion cheese for $3,500.
About Old Europe Cheese
Old Europe Cheese began handcrafting artisan specialty cheeses in Benton Harbor, MI under the Reny Picot brand in 1987. Since then, Old Europe Cheese has set its focus on the production of soft-ripened Brie and Camembert as well as some semi-soft cheeses, including Gouda, Edam, Fontina, and Mantoro.
All equipment in the Old Europe Cheese factory is state-of-the-art and designed exclusively for use in the manufacturing of the company product line. The cheesemaking process is truly an art form, and many old techniques are still followed in conjunction with advances in technology and adherence to strict sanitary guidelines.
Old Europe Cheese has been the recipient of hundreds of the most prestigious awards in the dairy and cheese industries, including awards in the World Championship Cheese Contest, American Cheese Society, and the United States Championship Cheese Contest.