Four Crave Brothers Cheeses Win First Place Awards in American Cheese Society Contest




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 Four Crave Brothers Cheeses Win First Place Awards in American Cheese Society Contest


Waterloo, WI, August 4, 2015—Four Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics artisan cheeses—including Fresh Mozzarella, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, White Cheddar Cheese Curds and Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Curds—have been awarded First Place honors in their respective categories in the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition. In addition, Crave Brothers Oaxaca—a melting cheese that enhances sandwiches and wraps—received Second Place honors in the Hispanic & Portuguese-Style Fresh, Unripened Cheese category. Family owned and operated, the Crave Brothers make all their award-winning Farmstead Classics cheeses with fresh milk from the family’s own dairy cows.

Competition was fierce in the 2015 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition. More than 1,779 products were submitted by a total of 267 companies. Crave Brothers’ awards ranged from recognition for its fresh deli cheese to globally inspired specialties such as Italian and Hispanic-style fresh cheeses, and flavored cheeses.        

Earlier this year, Crave Brothers introduced Cheddar Cheese Curds, made fresh weekly. White Cheddar Cheese Curds, a traditional snack, won First Place in the Fresh Unripened Cheeses/Cheese Curds category. Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Curds were also awarded First Prize, in the Flavored Cheeses/Cheese Curds with Flavor Added category. In addition to being convenient snacks, Cheddar Cheese Curds are a simple way to elevate salads and appetizers to the next level.

In the Italian Type Cheeses section of the competition, Crave Brothers earned two awards. Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, a handmade deli string cheese, took First Place honors in the Mozzarella Types category. With its fresh flavor, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese is an ideal choice for snacking, melting and shredding. All told, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese has been recognized with a total of 23 awards.       

In the Fresh Mozzarella/Under 8 Ounces category, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella—Bocconcini won First Place. This ball-size Fresh Mozzarella can be sliced and served with fresh tomatoes or peaches, or paired with seasonal grilled vegetables. Add it to your panini recipes, or serve it as an appetizer with sparkling wines such as Cava. Since 2002, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella has earned 20 awards in prestigious competitions.

Visit the Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics artisan cheese website at to learn more about these award-winning cheeses from a trailblazing company. The Crave Brothers farmstead cheese-making facility uses 100% green power and practices water conversation and recycling. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese also has the distinction of being a carbon negative company: The operation produces more energy with its biodigester than it uses.


The Crave family farms 2000 acres of rich land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the manure digester to water recovery, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s dairy herd.

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