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David Sparks Ph.d Glanbia Wins
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: May 12, 2017

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Peggy Watland,Spokesperson for Glanbia, told me that Southwest Cheese & Glanbia Nutritionals scored an impressive fourteen medals at the 2017 US Championship Cheese contest held this month in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The impressive medal haul include five gold, five silver and four bronze. This year’s competition saw a record-setting 2,303 cheese entries from 33 states across the nation.

Southwest Cheese in New Mexico was awarded medals in the following categories:


Fresh Asiago

Pepper Jack Medium heat

Pepper Jack Ghost Pepper

Habanero Cheddar


Monterey Jack

Pepper Jack

Pepper Jack Medium Heat

Habanero Cheddar


Habanero Cheddar

Pepper Jack Medium Heat.

The Glanbia Nutritional’s Twin Falls plant and Cheese Innovation Center (CIC) were also awarded medals in the following categories:


Gouda Green Olive & Pimento


Colby Jack


Reduced Fat Cheddar

Havarti Garlic

Their gold medal, Gouda Green Olive and Pimento Cheese submission, landed them in the category of the twenty best overall entries for the top United States Champion award. This is the first time they have qualified for additional judging from over 2,300 entries. Southwest Cheese swept the Pepper Jack Medium Heat

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