Quebec cheese producer wins big at recent competitions
Agropur Cooperative picked up multiple awards at two major cheese competitions this summer
By Carol Neshevich
This summer, Agropur Cooperative picked up top awards at two major cheese competitions. The Longueuil, Que.-based cheese producer won two prizes at the Caséus awards in Quebec and eight prizes at the American Cheese Society Judging & Competition.
The Sélection Caséus competition, which celebrates excellence in Quebec cheeses, handed out its awards at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on Sept. 15. At the Caséus awards, Agropur products were the jury’s first choice in two categories: Agropur Grand Cheddar aged five years, made at Notre-Dame-de-Bon Conseil, Que., was the big winner in the “cheddar cheese” category; and OKA L’Artisan won first prize in the “firm or hard cheese” category.
At the American Cheese Society’s 32nd annual Judging & Competition in Providence, R.I., in July, nearly 1,800 cheeses from the U.S. and Canada were entered into competition. Agropur cheeses made in Oka, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Damase and Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil won a total of eight awards at the high-profile event – one first-place award, four second-place awards and three third-place awards.
In a statement, Agropur congratulated and expressed pride in its employees, saying their “passion for their craft is earning [Agropur’s] cheeses recognition across North America.”