Deadline looms for 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest

By Jim Cornall

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Entry deadline is January 26.
Entry deadline is January 26.

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Dairy processors worldwide have just days left to visit and enter their cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy ingredients in the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest.

All entries are due by next Wednesday, January 26.

“After a record-breaking number of entries in 2020, we look forward to another robust slate of competitors this year. We encourage entrants to get their submissions in right away,”​ said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), which has hosted the biennial competition since 1957.

Following the January 26 deadline, entrants will package and ship their products to the WOW Logistics warehouse in Little Chute, Wisconsin. There, a team of cheese industry volunteers, led by contest logistics director Randy Swensen from Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese Inc., will devote days to sorting and preparing the entries for judging.

This arrangement marks the 20th year WOW Logistics, Wisconsin Aging and Grading Cheese, Inc., and Preferred Transit, Inc. have partnered with WCMA to process entries.

From March 1 to 3, judges from around the world will gather in Madison, Wisconsin to evaluate each product. The 2022 World Champion Cheese will be named at 2pm Central Time on Thursday, March 3.

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