SEATTLE  (  Out of a record breaking 1,462 cheese products entered, Sartori was awarded with 4 first place ribbons in this year’s competition of the elite cheese companies in North America.  Cheesemakers from 225 companies in 34 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico were represented in Saturday’s competition.  “We are thrilled to be recognized by the world class panel of judges for having the best cheese in America across four different categories,” said Jim Sartori, the 3rd generation owner and CEO of Sartori.  “It is a testimony to our cheesemakers – with over 200 years of cheese making experience in our company – and the patron farmers, the family owned local farms who provide us with the best and freshest hormone-free milk available.”

Sartori Reserve® BellaVitano® Gold won the America Made/International Style open category made from cow’s milk.  Sartori Pastorale Blend™ won the American Made/International Style open category made from sheep or mixed milks. This unique work of art blends sheep and cow’s milk, enhanced by the hand-dusted Spanish paprika.

Sartori’s Asiago cheese with its distinctive savory and nutty flavor took 1st place in the Italian hard grating type cheese category. Placing 3rd was the new Sartori Natural Rind Parmesan, a complex sweet and savory profile with light fruit and caramel notes.

In the Marinated cheese category, Sartori took 1st place with the Sartori Reserve Balsamic BellaVitano which is soaked in a premium Italian Balsamic to deliver a slightly sweet, nutty, fruity caramelized flavor.  The new Cognac BellaVitano, a complex fusion of smoky, nutty, oak, vanilla and caramel with toasted notes, placed 2nd.  

The American Cheese Society (ACS) represents the best specialty and artisanal cheese produced in the Western Hemisphere.  “The judging for the ACS is world renowned, so this is really the best of the best in all aspects,” explains Sartori.  ACS has 1,250 members who are involved in all areas of the specialty cheese market, from artisanal cheese makers, and retailers to food writers and connoisseurs from the United States, Central and South America, Canada and Europe.

More information on the ACS Cheese Awards can be found here.

About Sartori Foods

Sartori Foods has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades serving the Specialty, Retail, Ingredient, Restaurant and Food Service markets.  Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori Foods has an impressive array of award-winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across its entire line.  For more information, please visit or  You may also call us directly at 800-558-5888.

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