NANTWICH, England, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sartori impressed a global pool of judges at the International Cheese Awards, bringing back eight accolades. Espresso BellaVitano® won a gold medal in the "Cheese with Savory Additives" category as well as The Mitchelstown Cup, which is awarded annually by the Mitchelstown Agricultural Co-op Society to the "Supreme Cheese with Additives."
The 2016 International Cheese Awards were record-setting, with 5,000 entries representing 27 countries and more than 200 experts judging the competition. Espresso BellaVitano was applauded for its quality, artistry and depth of flavor. "Finding an espresso bean best suited to the characteristics of our BellaVitano was key," said Mike Matucheski, one of Sartori's Master Cheesemakers. "The extra work paid off – we couldn't be happier with the flavors."
Other awards included SarVecchio® Parmesan, which again won "Cheese with Best Health Benefits," and Cognac BellaVitano, which secured a silver medal for "Best USA Cheese." Sartori had a strong showing in the "Cheese with Sweet Additives" category, with Merlot BellaVitano winning a gold medal and Raspberry BellaVitano taking silver. Chipotle BellaVitano, the latest addition to the Sartori family, also added to its list of accolades, winning a bronze medal in the "Best New Dairy Product" category.
"It's always great to see our cheese recognized for its quality and artistry at the international level," said Jim Sartori, CEO and owner of Sartori. "Each accolade and honor is a testament to the talents of our Team Members and Family Farms."
Sartori, a fourth-generation and family owned company, proudly produces award-winning, artisan cheese for premium retail, specialty, ingredient, food service and restaurant businesses. Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin since 1939, Sartori's emphasis on a high-quality, hand-crafted and innovative approach to cheese is a timeless family tradition. For more information, please visit www.sartoricheese.com or call us directly at 800-558-5888.
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