Litehouse, Inc. was awarded top honors for two of its Simply Artisan Reserve products at the 2017 American Cheese Society (ACS) competition. The Litehouse team won first place for its Simply Artisan Reserve True Gorgonzola and second place for its Simply Artisan Reserve Gorgonzola, both in the Rindless Blue Cheese category. Litehouse has held the top spot in the ACS Competition category for three years running.
The Simply Artisan Reserve line is a category leader, and the brand’s year-over-year Gorgonzola sales have grown by more than 21%. The crafted deli cheeses have won accolades by industry experts and retailers, and gorgonzola is a longtime customer favorite.
"Litehouse has a long heritage of making artisan cheese in a traditional way, and we’re thrilled to again earn top honors for our Gorgonzola cheeses,” said Margi Gunter, brand manager for deli at Litehouse, Inc. “Though we are known for our delicious refrigerated salad dressings, our handcrafted cheeses are a point of pride for our employee-owners and loved by the families we make them for.”
More than 280 companies submitted 2,024 products for this year’s ACS Judging and Competition, held during the ACS Annual Conference July 26-29, 2017 in Denver. 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.
Following a 100-year tradition, Litehouse’s handcrafted artisan cheeses are born from cultures originating in the caves of Roquefort, France using local milk. Aged for 100 days, with single source, rBST free milk, Simply Artisan Reserve Gorgonzola is crafted, flipped, and salted by hand. Litehouse’s master cheesemaker, Marvin Sharp, has been making cheese this way for over 40 years.
About Simply Artisan Reserve
With its proud heritage in cheese craftsmanship, Simply Artisan was created by Litehouse, Inc. in 2014 to showcase its wide array of deli cheese products. Cheesemaker Marvin Sharp brings more than 40 years of experience to the Simply Artisan family of products, which includes cheese crumble cups, cheese crumble pouches, center cuts, wheels and shakable cheese. The award-winning line has received many industry accolades, including first place at the American Cheese Society’s prestigious 2015 Cheese Contest for its Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese. For more information, visit www.SimplyArtisanReserve.com.
About Litehouse, Inc.
Litehouse, Inc. 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, fruit and veggie dips, sauces, Instantly Fresh® Herbs, blue cheese, and pressed apple cider, manufacturing these delicious products at its three U.S. facilities based in Michigan, Utah and Idaho. Litehouse is proud to be 100% employee-owned and each one of the employee owners is proud to carry on the high standards of quality and innovation, living up to the slogan…Families Making Food for Families. For more information, visit www.LitehouseFoods.com, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
About the American Cheese Society (ACS)
ACS is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. At nearly 1,700 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts, and extended industry. ACS strives to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas. www.cheesesociety.org
 IRI Infoscan 52 weeks ending June 18, 2017