Grafton Duet Cheese Wins Blue Ribbon

Submitted by Grafton Village Cheese

Grafton Village Cheese of Grafton was awarded a blue ribbon for its Grafton Duet cheese at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Judging and Competition earlier this month. Results were announced at the Hilton Austin, Texas site of this year's annual conference. This is the second award Grafton Duet has taken home this summer, after winning a silver "sofi" award at the 2009 National Association for the Specialty Food Trade judging competition in New York City in July.

Grafton Duet is made of two layers of Grafton Premium Cheddar and one layer of St. Pete's Blue Cheese, resulting in a delicious, attractive cheese for cheese boards or gifts. St. Pete's Blue is made by Faribault Dairy in Minnesota.

"We are honored to take home a blue ribbon for Grafton Duet and I commend the cheese makers from both Grafton and Faribault Dairy for creating such a delicious, unique cheese," said Adam Mueller, president of Grafton Village Cheese.

In July, Grafton Cheese took home two "sofi" awards, which stands for specialty outstanding food innovation at the NASFT Fancy Food Show in New York City. Grafton Duet won a silver "sofi" in the New Product category, and Grafton's Classic Reserve won a silver "sofi" in the Classic category.

This year's ACS event experienced a record total 1,327 entries from 197 companies. Out of 314 ribbons awarded, the state of Vermont captured 32 ribbons. The Grafton Duet blue ribbon marks its 17th ACS award.

The ACS conference-a gathering of cheese makers, enthusiasts, marketers, distributors, food writers and retailers from the U.S., Canada and Europe-celebrates the widespread enthusiasm for American specialty cheese. Every year, the conference culminates in the gala Festival of Cheese, a public event featuring more than 1,100 competition entries on display and available for tasting.

Grafton Village Cheese was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Today, Grafton Cheese handcrafts artisanal, aged cheddar cheese that is recognized for its quality and taste on a worldwide scale. It produces cheese in Grafton and its new facility in Brattleboro using milk from Vermont family farms.

It is part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting Vermont's rural communities.

Please visit them online at GraftonVillageCheese.com.

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