Litehouse Foods Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese was awarded first place at the 2015 American Cheese Society’s prestigious 2015 Cheese Contest. Litehouse received the top honors in the “rindless, blue cheese made with cow’s milk” category. The 2015 ACS Cheese Contest was held July 29-31 in Providence, RI.

"Litehouse has a long heritage of making artisan cheese in a traditional way. Though we are known for our delicious refrigerated salad dressings, our hand-crafted cheeses are a point of pride for our employee owners and loved by the families we make them for," said Margi Gunter, brand manager for deli for Litehouse, Inc. "We are thrilled to earn this top honor for our Simply Artisan Blue Cheese, a longtime favorite of our customers.”

More than 267 cheese makers submitted 1,779 products for this years’ contest. Unlike other cheese competitions where cheeses are graded down for technical defects, the goal of the ACS judging and competition is to award cheeses that are of the highest aesthetic and technical quality.

Aged for 100 days with rBST free milk, the Simply Artisan Blue Cheese is crafted, flipped, and salted by hand. Litehouse’s master cheesemaker, Marvin Sharp, has been making cheese this way for over 40 years.

About Litehouse Foods                                                                                                                                                       
Litehouse started in the Hope, Idaho, restaurant of the Hawkins family over 50 years ago.  Since that time, it has become the leader in refrigerated salad dressings, veggie dips, sauces, instantly fresh herbs, blue cheese, caramel dips, fruit dips, glazes and fresh pressed apple cider, manufacturing these delicious products at its three U.S. facilities based in Michigan, Utah and Idaho. Litehouse has been an employee-owned company since 2006, and each one of the employee/owners is proud to carry on the high standards of quality and innovation, living up to the slogan… Because Taste Matters.   For more information, visit

About the American Cheese Society Cheese Contest
The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leader in supporting and promoting American cheeses. Founded in 1983 to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for members of the cheese industry, while striving to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.