September 7, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AGRI-MARK'S CABOT AND McCADAM BRANDS
WIN 19 AWARDS AT REGIONAL STATE FAIR COMPETIONS
September 6, 2023 – Waitsfield, VT – Agri-Mark, the dairy cooperative that owns the Cabot Creamery and McCadam brands, received high marks at the NY State Fair in Syracuse, New York and The Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition in Massachusetts.
“Agriculture is the foundation of state fairs,” said Jason Martin, SVP, Operations at Agri-Mark. It’s where farmers go to showcase their crops, livestock and products and we’re proud to be among the best in the region. These awards are a credit to our farm families and the craftsmanship of our dedicated employees who help us produce the best dairy products in New England and New York.”
At the NY State Fair, only products made in New York state were eligible to compete across 25 categories. Cheese classes were judged by local experts in the agricultural industry at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
“We’ve been making cheese in this location for over a century,” said Corey Desranleau, plant manager of Agri-Mark's Chateaugay, NY cheesemaking facility. “The team here takes a lot of pride in continuing this long-standing tradition of making award-winning products that celebrate the North County and farming community.
Agri-Mark's Chateaugay, New York McCadam facility won the following awards at the NY State Fair
• Silver, McCadam Adirondack Reserve Cheddar
• Silver, McCadam Horseradish
• Award of Excellence, Cabot NY Vintage
• Award of Excellence, McCadam NY Extra Sharp
• Award of Excellence, McCadam NY Sharp
The awards were celebrated on September 1 at the New York State Fair’s annual Dairy Day celebration.
The Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition, held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, received 131 entries from 20 cheesemakers throughout New England. All entries were judged on individual merit rather than best in class. Each cheese was evaluated by a panel of judges—aesthetic and technical. A point system was used to determine the total score. Entries needed a minimum of 80 points to qualify for a medal.
Agri-Mark's Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont facilities won the following awards at the BIG E
Cheddar Aged over 12 months:
• Gold, Cabot 3 Year Cheddar (Only gold awarded)
• Silver, Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar
• Silver, Cabot 2 Year Cheddar
• Silver, Cabot Private Stock Cheddar
• Bronze, Cabot White Oak
• Gold, Cabot 10% Plain Greek Yogurt
• Silver, Cabot Triple Cream Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
Cheddar Aged up to 12 months:
• Silver, Cabot Extra Sharp
• Silver, Cabot Medium Cheddar
• Bronze, Cabot White Oak Cheddar
• Bronze, Cabot Sharp Cheddar
• Silver, Cabot Alpine Cheddar (No gold was awarded)
Colby, Monterey Jack, Brick & Muenster
• Bronze, Monterey Jack (No gold or silver was awarded)
Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese
• Bronze, Cabot Pepper Jack
“It’s important to the farm families who own our cooperative to give back to our communities and produce the world’s finest dairy products,” said Jason Martin. “And the fact that state fairs celebrate agriculture and bring communities together, makes these awards extra special.”
Agri-Mark is a dairy cooperative and certified B-Corp that’s owned by hundreds of farm families throughout New England and Upstate New York. The high-quality milk that’s crafted by the farmers is turned into award-winning products like Cabot Creamery’s cheddar, butter, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and New York’s finest cheese brand, McCadam. Agri-Mark also produces whey and milk protein products that are distributed globally. For more information about Agri-Mark, visit our web site at www.agrimark.coop.
Director of Corporate Communications
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