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Familiar formula from Switzerland named world’s best cheese

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A Gruyere from Switzerland was named on Thursday as the top cheese for the second consecutive time in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.

The cheese from Bern, Switzerland, made its maker, Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a three-time winner. Spycher also won in 2020 and 2008. The cheese, called Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, earned a score of 98.423 out of 100.

The award-winning product comes from a small dairy working with 12 farmers within a five kilometres radius, a Gourmino AG spokesman said. Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus produces about 77 metric tonnes of the Gruyere each year out of a total 29,000 metric tonnes of the cheese produced annually in Switzerland.

CEO of Gourmand AG Roland Sahli holds Gourmino Le Gruyere AOP, which was declared the 2022 World Champion Cheese at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. PHOTO: AP

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