Emmi Roth USA’s Roth Grand Cru Surchoix has been named the 2016 World Champion at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. This was the first time since 1988 that a cheese made in the U.S. has won the competition. The judging portion of the contest has a record 2,948 entries from 23 countries and 31 states. The Roth Grand Cru Surchoix earned Best of Class in the Smear Ripened Hard Cheeses category with a score of 99.8.
Emmi Roth USA was awarded two other medals during the standard rounds of judging at this year's contest. Roth's Private Reserve was given a second award in the Smear Ripened Hard Cheese category with a score of 99.7; it is a raw milk cheese that has a robust, earthy flavor with a nuanced sweet and nutty finish that captures the character of the Southern Wisconsin territory. Roth's Private Reserve has a history of strong success, and was named Runner-Up to the Best of Show at the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition.
Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Switzerland based Emmi Group, is a leading producer of specialty cheeses. The expansive portfolio includes award-winning cheeses from the United States, Switzerland and Europe, each crafted with pride from the freshest local milk. Key cheese brands include Kaltbach Cave-aged, Roth Grand Cru® and Buttermilk Blue®. Tradition and innovation balance perfectly to deliver distinctive offerings of the highest quality to the retail and food service trades.
Emmi is the largest Swiss milk processor and one of the most innovative premium dairies in Europe. In Switzerland, the company focuses on the development, production and marketing of a full range of dairy and fresh products as well as the production, ageing and trade of primarily Swiss cheeses. Outside Switzerland, Emmi concentrates on brand concepts and specialities in established European and North American markets, and increasingly in emerging markets outside of Europe. The primary focus in fresh products is on lifestyle, convenience and health products. In the cheese business, Emmi positions itself as the leading company worldwide for Swiss cheese. Emmi’s clients are the retail trade, the hospitality and food service sector and the food industry.
In Switzerland, the Emmi Group includes around 25 production sites of every size. Abroad, Emmi and its subsidiaries have a presence in 13 countries, seven of which have production facilities. Emmi exports products to around 60 countries from Switzerland.
In 2014, Emmi posted net sales of CHF 3,404 million and a net profit adjusted for extraordinary effects of CHF 109 million. In the first half of 2015, the company achieved sales of CHF 1,563 million. Adjusted net profit, this amounted to CHF 47 million. The company employs around 5,300 staff (full-time equivalents), of which 3,000 in Switzerland. – less