Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese, which has a processing facility in Fillmore, won the Best of Class Gold Award for Aged Cheddar at the World Championship Cheese Contest, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
Great Lakes' cheddar won the category over 48 competitors from around the world. This year's panel consisted of independent international judges that evaluate entries on attributes including flavor, body, texture and finish.
Since its founding by Swiss immigrant Hans Epprecht in 1958, the company has grown from a single operation in northeast Ohio to multiple state-of-the- art facilities located in Cuba and Adams, N.Y.; La Crosse and Plymouth, Wis.; and the headquarters in Hiram, Ohio. The Fillmore site began operations in 2001.
Cheeses manufactured by the company are sold under private-label store brands plus the Great Lakes and Adams Reserve names. Including imported cheeses, the company markets more than 60 types of cheese.