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July 31, 2018

Roth® Cheese Awarded Six Medals at 2018 American Cheese Society Competition

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – Monroe, Wisconsin-based cheesemaker, Roth®, proudly took home six medals at the 2018 American Cheese Society’s Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week.

First place in the Washed Rind Cheeses Open Category went to Roth® Pavino, a washed rind alpine-style cheese aged for 9+ months in the Roth cellars. Boasting a complex, yet balanced flavor of nutty, sweet milk accompanied by an earthy depth, Pavino is handcrafted exclusively for Whole Foods Market.

Roth GranQueso® took second place in the Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheeses category, continuing Roth’s tradition of success with this American Original cheese hand-rubbed with cinnamon and paprika. The mix of deep, intricate flavors of candied pineapple and brown butter has made it an American Cheese Society winner year after year. GranQueso®, which is carefully cured for six to eight months, and has a distinctive bite and sweet finish with hints of citrus, spice and hazelnut. This win is the 15th consecutive award for this cheese in the category.

Roth Grand Cru® Original also took home second place in the Washed Rind Cheeses category. Grand Cru® Original is Roth’s signature cheese. They craft Grand Cru® in authentic copper vats with the finest Wisconsin milk sourced within 60 miles of their creamery, creating an original alpine-style cheese unmatched in America. Careful making and curing brings out light floral notes, nutty undertones, a hint of fruitiness and a mellow finish.

“Our success comes from our dedicated team of cheesemakers and crew who work tirelessly to ensure we only make the best quality cheese available,” said Tim Omer, President and Managing Director for Emmi Roth. “These awards mean a lot to all of us, and fuel our passion for cheesemaking.”

The company also won third place awards for their Prairie Sunset®, Grand Cru® Reserve, and Organic Grand Cru® Reserve in their respective categories.

Judges evaluated more than 1,900 different cheese products in the American Cheese Society Judging & Competition this year. A full list of winners can be found online.

Roth® Cheese is part of Emmi Roth, the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group and a leading producer of specialty cheeses. Roth has earned top awards from national and international competitions, including the title of World Champion from the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest for Roth Grand Cru® Surchoix. Learn more at


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