by Lisa Schauer
Pennland Pure of Hancock recently won three awards for its cheeses, the American Cheese Society announced at its annual conference in Portland, Oregon last Wednesday, July 20.
About 200 companies from across North and South America entered 1,387 cheese products in 120 categories for the competition. Judges at the University of Minnesota determined the winners based on flavor, aroma, texture and appearance.
Pennland Pure Sharpsburg Cheddar won second place in the aged cheddar category. These cheddars are aged from 13 to 23 months.
Pennland Pure Provolone also won second place in the pasta filata category. These types of cheeses, like provolone and caciocavallo, are cooked and stretched.
Pennland Pure Monterey Jack cheese won third place in the Monterey Jack category.
Pennland Pure produces eight different types of cheeses at its cheese plant north of Hancock, including Parmesan, Romano, asiago, and whole and part-skim mozzarella.