Gold Medal Year For Joseph Farms Cheese

The most recent awards come to over 100 in state, national and international competitions.

Published on: Jan 23, 2013

 Third-generation, family-owned cheesemaker Joseph Gallo Farms, Atwater closes out 2012 with a record 30 awards for its dairy products, including 17 gold medals and a first place win at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Championship Contest.

Joseph Gallo Farms, maker of Joseph Farms Cheese, was established in 1946 by Joseph Gallo and continues to produce cheese from its own dairies.

"We raise the cows, grow the feed, milk the herd and make the cheese here on our farm," says Peter Gallo, director of operations for Joseph Farms. "There is growing health awareness and people deserve to know what is in their food. We only use the freshest milk – free of artificial hormones – and all-natural ingredients to make Joseph Farms cheese."

Third-generation, family-owned cheesemaker Joseph Gallo Farms, Atwater closes out 2012 with a record 30 awards for its dairy products, including 17 gold medals.
Third-generation, family-owned cheesemaker Joseph Gallo Farms, Atwater closes out 2012 with a record 30 awards for its dairy products, including 17 gold medals.

The focus on farm-to-table and quality control has contributed to the Gallo family's success and the growing list of prestigious awards.

Among the gold medal winners are the newest Joseph Farms cheeses – Chipotle Cheddar, Jalapeño Muenster, Italian Garden Jack, Caraway Cheddar and Reduced Fat Monterey Jack. These new products are a result of the cheesemakers "dreaming up new ideas."

"We really love what we do and we are always trying to perfect our craft," Gallo added.

Among the 2012 awards is the national first place World Dairy Expo award for the Joseph Farms whey protein isolate. This is a high-protein product used in many name-brand drinks, weight loss supplements, sports nutrition bars and bodybuilding supplements, Gallo explained.

"What began as a waste byproduct of cheese production is often now more valuable than the cheese because the isolate is so high in protein," Gallo says. "The cows we have raised for generations have great genes, great nutrition and great veterinary care so they live a healthier, more natural life. The result is a higher-quality product, recognized with a first place international award two years in a row."

The most recent awards bring the total to over 100 awards in state, national and international competitions, including 77 first place awards.

2012 Los Angeles International Dairy Competition
Gold Medal for Mild Cheddar
Gold Medal for Pepper Jack
Gold Medal for Marbled Cheddar
Gold Medal for Manchego
Gold Medal for Mozzarella
Gold Medal for Gouda
Gold Medal for Medium Cheddar
Gold Medal for Chipotle Cheddar
Gold Medal for Jalapeno Muenster
Gold Medal for Italian Garden Jack
Gold Medal for Caraway Cheddar
Silver Medal for Provolone
Silver Medal for Reduced Fat Monterey Jack
Silver Medal for Monterey Jack
Silver Medal for Marbled Jack
Silver Medal for Muenster
Silver Medal for Extra Sharp Cheddar
Silver Medal for Sharp Cheddar

2012 California State Fair, Sacramento, California
Gold Medal for Mozzarella
Gold Medal for Monterey Jack
Gold Medal for Reduced Fat Monterey Jack
Gold Medal for Marbled Jack
Gold Medal for Sharp Cheddar
Gold Medal for Extra Sharp Cheddar
Silver Medal for Provolone
Silver Medal for Pepper Jack