Swiss gruyere named best in world cheese competition, Westby earns gold with cottage cheese

Wisconsin produced record 3.37B pounds of cheese in 2017

MADISON, Wis. (Wisconsin State Journal) — A gruyere from Switzerland has been named the world’s best cheese, chosen from a record number of entrants from 26 nations in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.

Westby Cooperative Creamery earned a gold medal with their 4% small curd cottage cheese. “We have a talented and dedicated team of cheesemakers at Westby, who work every day to create our full bodied, 4% small curd cottage cheese. The fact that our peers across the globe recognize this talent is appreciated, as are the bragging rights we’ve earned through this hard work,” Ryan O’Donnell, Westby plant manager, said.

The cheese from Bern, Switzerland made its maker, Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a two-time winner. Spycher also won in 2008. The Wisconsin State Journal says the winner was announced Thursday and three Wisconsin cheeses were finalists. Click here for a complete list of winners!

The contest is the largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the world and started Tuesday in Madison with a record 3,667 entries. The 55 judges taste, sniff and inspect the 132 classes of dairy products during the biennial contest.