BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sartori Cheese was awarded thirteen medals at the 2012 World Cheese Awards held in the UK this week. The World Cheese Awards is a premier and highly competitive worldwide competition – with cheese from 30 countries and a record 2,781 entries this year.
Sartori's top finish came from its Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano ® cheese which was awarded a Super Gold Medal – one of the select few cheeses advancing to the final round of judging. In 2011 Cognac BellaVitano took 3 rd place overall – the highest ranking ever for a cheese from the United States. In this year's competition, Sartori SarVecchio ® Parmesan took home another first place gold medal, the 10 th internationally recognized accolade for this cheese in just the past two years and its 22 nd award in the past five years. In addition to the Gold Medal finishes, Sartori was awarded six silver medals and five bronze medals. "It is a tremendous honor to earn even one medal at an international competition like this and earning thirteen across a broad spectrum of our cheese is really something special," says third generation owner, Jim Sartori.
"People often ask me what the secret is," continues Sartori. "The first thing I tell them is that it all starts on the farm; we are blessed to have wonderful family-owned patron dairy farms that provide us the highest quality supply of fresh rBST-free milk." Many of Sartori's patron dairy farmers are also multi-generation operations and have been selling milk to Sartori since the beginning in 1939. The farms are all within a close radius of the plant, enabling the company to convert the milk to cheese very quickly.