TURLOCK, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and is the largest national cheese and butter competition ever held in the United States. Karoun Dairies, Inc. ( karouncheese.com) took home Gold this year plus three 4 th places and a 5 th place. Karoun won the Gold for their Oaxaca (Hand-Braided String Cheese) in the Hispanic Cheese category. This March a record-setting 1,702 entries from 30 States took part in the United States Championship Cheese Contest. The Oaxaca (Hand-Braided String Cheese) is also available Marinated with Olive Oil and Herbs as well as with Black Caraway Seeds. Karoun'sU.S.Championship Cheese Awards: Oaxaca (Hand-Braided String Cheese) – Won 1 st Place, Gold Feta with Kalamata and Thyme – Won 4th Place Marinated String Cheese – Won 4th Place Smoked String Cheese – Won 4th Place Queso Fresco – Won 5 th Place Founded in 1992, Karoun Dairies, Inc. is a family business that adheres to centuries of yogurt and cheese making traditions. The company has grown from producing small-run specialty cheeses, to nationwide mainstream distribution of a wide variety of cheese and yogurt products. Karoun has an international story, as the Baghdassarian Family immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1990 to pursue the American dream and a passion for the art and science of yogurt and cheesemaking. "As a family business that is living the American dream, all of us at Karoun Dairies, Inc. take great pride in creating and manufacturing the most delicious, best quality all natural cheeses on the market," said Rostom Baghdassarian, company COO. "Serving the Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and natural markets using old country methods and family recipes, we are proud to share delicious new options for a healthy and flavorful approach to cooking and eating. As is evident by these latest awards, Karoun continues to set a new standard for ethnic cheese and all natural yogurt products in the United States, with dairy products which are made strictly using only milk from cows that are free from growth hormones, BGH/rBST, and Real California Milk certified. For product samples, press materials, or further information, please contact Leigh-Anne Anderson, Christie Communications, at 805-969-3744. SOURCE Karoun Dairies, Inc.