Monday, 7 March 2022

Istrian Cheese Wins Second Place at World Championship Cheese Contest in the US

March 7th, 2022 - Pegula cheese made by Vesna Loborika from Istria took home silver in the category of hard mixed milk cheeses aged less than 6 months

Vesna Loborika, a cheese producer based in Istria, saw great success at the recently held World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin, US.

Their cheese Pegula took second place in the category of hard mixed milk cheeses aged less than 6 months, while the cheese Rici ranked seventh in its category.

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The World Championship Cheese Contest is the world’s leading technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition. It has been hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association every two years since 1957.

A panel of skilled technical judges from all over the world evaluates the entries. Starting from a maximum possible 100 points, deductions are made for various defects found by each judge. Defects are noted in the areas of flavour, body, texture, salt, colour, finish, packaging, and other relevant attributes.

Three highest-scoring entries in each class are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

Pegula won 98.5 points out of the possible 100, second only to Shooting Star Creamery from California that placed first with 99.35 points.

‘We’re extremely proud that Pegula won second place, and Rici seventh place in their respective categories at the renowned World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin, USA. This contest is the most reputable technical evaluation of cheese and butter, and our Pegula is the only Croatian cheese to score a place at the prestigious podium’, stated Vesna Loborika on Facebook.

Officially founded in 1997, Vesna Loborika is run by the Grubišić family from Loborika, a village near Pula in Istria. Apart from cheeses, they also produce butter and cheese curd.

A full list of results is posted on the pages of the World Championship Cheese Contest.