Join the Salute to Industry Excellence at CheeseExpo Global Online

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Three days of educational seminars and networking opportunities caps off on April 8 with a special program saluting the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) Life Member Honorees, 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest top winners and volunteers and Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers™.

“The virtual banquet at CheeseExpo Global Online salutes the industry’s best and brightest,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “We’re excited to come together and celebrate the immense successes this industry brings.”

Tune in April 8 at 3 p.m. (CT) for the virtual banquet, which will begin by honoring the 2020 and 2021 WCMA Life Member Award recipients, Roger Krohn of Agropur and Mark Schleitwiler, an industry consultant and former leader at BelGioioso Cheese, Wolht Cheese and Churny Company. The highest honor WCMA award, the Life Member Award recognizes people who have played a significant role in the success of the Association through leadership, support and service to the institution and its activities.

Attendees will hear from the producers of the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest’s top three cheeses. In 2020, a gruyere called Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, made by Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus for Gourmino AG was named the Champion Cheese. First Runner-Up in the contest was Gallus Grand CRU, a hard cow’s milk cheese made by Hardegger Käse AG of Jonschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Lutjewiinkel Noord Hollandse Gouda PDO, a mature gouda aged four to 10 months, made by Royal FrieslandCampina-Export earned the Second Runner-Up trophy. WCMA will also salute the industry members who make the Contest possible, including expert judges, volunteers and competitors.

The virtual banquet will also celebrate the talent of the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes of the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker™ program, administered by CDR experts and funded by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. CDR will also unveil the latest updates to the Babcock Hall renovation project, including a three-story addition to house the latest cutting-edge technology for dairy processors.

CheeseExpo Global Online is a value for dairy processors, offering FREE access to Virtual Exhibits, live Ideas Showcase offerings and Spotlight Networking Events that will bring industry together. Attendees can upgrade to Full Registration to add a host of Keynote presentations and live educational seminars, and save $50 when registering by Monday, March 1. Learn more and reserve your exhibitor booth today at