Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 ACS Judging & Competition!
The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leader in supporting and promoting American cheeses. Founded in 1983 to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for members of the cheese industry, while striving to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.
The cheesemakers listed on the following pages represent all of the entrants in the 2014 ACS Judging & Competition: 248 companies submitting 1,685 products. Winners in each category are listed separately. Unlike other cheese competitions, where cheeses are graded down for technical defects, the goal of the ACS Judging & Competition is to give positive recognition to those cheeses that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic and technical evaluation. As a result, the highest quality cheeses are those that ACS feels deserve the recognition of an award, based on a minimum number of points awarded (totaling 100 points possible) for first, second, or third place. In categories or sub-categories where the minimum number of points is not earned, no award is given.
Our congratulations go out to all of the dedicated, passionate, creative producers who work daily to celebrate the American cheese plate by bringing great cheese to life, to market, and to the 31st Annual ACS Conference & Competition.
Download the 2014 Judging & Competition Awards Guide:
2014 BEST OF SHOW WINNERS:
- Farms for City Kids Foundation, VT – Tarentaise Reserve
- Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, CA – Point Reyes Bay Blue
3rd Place (tie):
- Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, CA – Aged Gouda
- Sprout Creek Farm, NY – Eden