Prepare & Ship


    ACS will receive Judging & Competition entries on Friday, July 21, 2017 ONLY.


    Colorado Convention Center
    Docks of Hall D
    c/o The American Cheese Society
    700 14th Street
    Denver, CO  80202


    Entrants will be able to print the following shipping materials online (an email will be sent to notify all entrants that these materials are available, typically on or around July 1):

    Shipping Labels

    • These black and white labels indicate that your shipment is for ACS Judging & Competition. You must affix these labels to the outside of your package(s) to clearly identify your shipment.  If you are shipping product for other conference related events, those labels will be sent to you separately.  Please print this document on AVERY 5126 or compatible labels and place on the OUTSIDE of your shipping box.  This document contains two shipping labels. Please affix one label to each box being shipped.  Please make as many copies as necessary to ensure one label is affixed to each box.  You may also print this on standard 8.5 x 11 paper and tape the label securely to the outside of your box(es).

    Packing Slip

    • IMPORTANT: Your packing slip must include the date of production for EACH entry. 
    • IMPORTANT: If you are withdrawing an entry, please strikethrough the entry name on your packing slip and indicate “Withdrawn” in the space next to that entry.  Please print this document on standard 8.5 x 11 copy paper and include a copy in EACH BOX being shipped.  Please indicate the number of items being shipped for each entry and be sure to include the date of production.  It is recommended that you make a copy of your packing slip for your own records.

    Competition Entry Labels

    • Please print this document on AVERY 5160 or other compatible label and place one on each piece/container of product being shipped. These labels are the sole identifier for your product during judging. It is important to label each entry according to your packing slip.  If you have multiple entries, please take extra care to make sure each piece has its correct label.  Each entry will have 15 labels in case you are shipping multiple pieces. Please place any leftover labels and your packing slip(s) in a plastic Ziploc bag and include with your shipment.  This will protect your documents from potential damage due to melting ice packs, leaks, etc.


    • Remove any and all identifying product labels and marks from your competition cheeses. Any product with brands or labels on the packaging, or the product itself, will receive a 7 point deduction off of the technical score for that product.  
    • Send your cheese in its original form. Cheeses may not be plugged and/or resealed. Cheeses must be entered as whole wheels, loaves, or blocks. Exceptions will only be made for larger form cheeses, i.e. Emmental and Cheddar.  These cheeses must be presented in the form in which they are available for wholesale distribution.
    • Any cheese or dairy product under one pound of weight will require 1 retail case of samples, or a minimum of 6 pieces.
    • All product entered in the Judging & Competition will be displayed at the Brunch of Champions or the Festival of Cheese, both of which take place on Saturday, July 29 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Please Note: These events will only display cheese or cultured dairy products that have been entered into the 2017 ACS Judging & Competition.

    Please Note: Your product should be shipped to be received at the Colorado Convention Center Friday, July 21 only.  Entries received prior to this date will be refused upon delivery and sent back to the entrant.

    Hand-Deliveries will be accepted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the official receiving day.