Wisconsin Cheese Makers

Mitch Teich

It was big news nine years ago when the Swiss dairy cooperative, Emmi, purchased Monroe, Wisc.-based Roth Käse USA. The combined company became Emmi Roth, which makes its own Alpine cheeses in Wisconsin and imports cheese from Switzerland.

The company's Wisconsin-produced cheeses have earned world championships, and with them, fans around the globe. So, the company is hopeful its newest innovation will be no less successful. 

Pairing Cheese With... Tea?

May 25, 2018
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As you get ready for your Memorial Day weekend picnic or barbecue, don’t forget the cheese!

Jeanette Hurt is Lake Effect's regular ambassador to the world of Wisconsin cheeses, and she joined Mitch Teich in studio to talk about the art of pairing cheese with tea. While that may seem odd to some, Hurt says that pairing cheese and tea is very similar to pairing cheese with a wine. 

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For the first time in nearly three decades, a cheese from the U.S. has won the World Championship Cheese Contest.

The Grand Cru Surchoix is made by Emmi Roth USA, a company based in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. It was proclaimed the best cheese in the world in a contest held earlier this month in Madison.

"It just kinda goes to show how hard it is to compete at this stage and win," says Robert Frie, director of operations at Emmi Roth USA. 

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Wisconsin may be the land of cheese, but even local cheeseheads would likely draw a blank at the mention of a "cheese dinner."

A cheese dinner is just what it sounds like: a dinner focused on cheese – lots and lots of locally sourced, artisan cheese. The cheese stands center, but it doesn’t stand alone.

LaToya Dennis

Names such as Gruyere, Brie, Parmesan, Havarti, Feta, Asiago, Gorgonzola and Fontina.

Shawna Morris of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says the European Union does not want cheese makers in other parts of the world using names that originated in Europe. Otherwise, the EU claims, the brands are not authentic.

Morris says the EU began imposing restrictions on cheese branding in the mid-1990s and American companies aren’t the only ones targeted.

Raw Milk
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The issue of raw milk sales – is again a hot one in Wisconsin. People on both sides are crowding into a courtroom, to witness the trial of a dairy farmer from Sauk County.