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Emmi Roth collects medals
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MONROE - Emmi Roth USA placed with three of its domestic cheeses at the 2015 World Cheese Awards, bringing the company to a total of 14 major awards this year.

The judging for the World Cheese Awards, the largest international cheese competition on the planet, took place Sept. 26 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This year, an international panel of more than 250 expert cheese judges assembled for two days, scrutinizing 2,727 cheeses from more than 25 countries across the globe.

Three Roth cheeses, crafted in Monroe were awarded during the competition:

• Grand Cru Reserve received a gold award after being judged against other international supreme championship cheeses. Aged for a minimum of six months on wooden boards, this cheese features an earthy and robust flavor with undertones of fruit and nuts.

• GranQueso Reserve, a Roth original inspired by Spanish cheese, received a silver award in the Other Very Hard Cow's Milk Cheese category. GranQueso Reserve is aged more than 15 months to achieve a dense texture and sweet flavors such as candied pineapple and browned butter.

• GranQueso won a bronze award in the Other Hard Cow's Milk Cheese category. Cellar-aged for six to eight months, this cheese has a distinct bite and sweet finish with hints of citrus, spice and hazelnut.

Additional information on the contest and complete results for all entry classes and contest photos are available online at