Cheddars and butters recognized on international stage.
Fromagerie L’Ancêtre wins nine prestigious medals at Global Cheese Awards!
BÉCANCOUR, Monday, 11 September 2017 – Fromagerie L’Ancêtre came away with nine medals this past weekend at the Global Cheese Awards, an international contest touted as the oldest of its kind in the United Kingdom. The company indeed garnered honours for the Best Non EU Cheese, Best Canadian Cheddar (gold), Cheese with Health Benefit – Hard (silver), Mild Cheddar (gold), Medium Cheddar (gold), Mature Cheddar (gold), Extra Mature Cheddar (bronze), Unsalted Butter (gold) and Salted Butter in Branded Packaging (bronze). This year marked the fifth time that Fromagerie L’Ancêtre had entered products in this renowned contest.
“To see our hard work recognized with multiple awards is extremely gratifying. We are especially proud to state that the organic offerings of Fromagerie L’Ancêtre have impressed the panel of expert judges once again this year. Each time we enter this ever popular contest, we substantiate our reputation and enhance our medal count. Since 2013, total medals won have increased in number from two to nine. This timely feat provides an admirable boost to the launch of our 25th anniversary celebrations,” underscores Pascal Désilets, President.
Of particular note – a first for us! – is the medal received in the Best Non EU Cheese class for our old cheddar. Our extra mature cheddar also impressed, meriting a bronze medal. Then followed another first, a bronze medal for our salted butter in branded packaging.
Fromagerie L’Ancêtre also drew admiration for innovation. After having made our mark at home in Québec with a 2017 DUX Eat Better Live Better award in the new product category, our Le St-Grégoire Cheddar earned a silver medal at the Global Cheese Awards in the Cheese with Health Benefit – Hard class. Readers will be interested to learn that this is the first award outside the country for this innovative new cheese.
Launched in 2016, Le St-Grégoire is the only half salt cheese on the market to boast a lengthy shelf life when stored in the refrigerator unopened. Made with 100% pure, pasteurized organic cow’s milk, this cheese features only 85 mg of sodium per 30 g portion compared with regular cheddar which contains between 190 mg and 240 mg on average.
Interestingly, our mature cheddar took gold hands down against rivals from the UK and Ireland traditionally recognized as specialist producers of this kind of cheese.
This shower of medals comes in addition the multiple prizes won in 2017 in North America for our Le Port Royal Garlic and Parsley light cheese (finalist at Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards in Toronto), light medium cheddar and double wood smoked cheddar Le Boucané Bio, each second place winners at the American Cheese Society Awards held in Denver, Colorado.
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