Awards

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has a long tradition of cheese-making excellence. And while it’s the raving reviews and loyalty of our customers that most warms our hearts, recognition from the experts and our peers in the dairy industry are nice to receive, too. Here’s a listing of our most recent accolades.

NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, 2016

Unique/Mild Flavor Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Smoke & Bacon Cheddar

Hot/Spicy Flavor Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Hot Pepper Jack

Natural Cheese Curd Snack Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Taco Cheddar Cheese Curds

Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curds

Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Cajun Cheddar Cheese Curds

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Largest Display of Cheese Varieties, Harbin, China, April 2016
500 cheeses from different countries around the world created the “Largest Display of Cheese Varieties” at the World Dairy Expo in Harbin, China. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery joined 20 other Wisconsin cheese manufacturers to contribute to the display and World Record designation. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery had 60 artisan cheese varieties and 5 flavors of natural cheddar cheese curds as part of the display.

NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, 2015

Natural Cheese Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Red Rind Muenster

Unique Flavor Category
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Hot Pepper Jack

Natural Cheese Curd Snack Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Cheddar Cheese Curds

Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Taco Cheddar Cheese Curds

Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Cajun Cheddar Cheese Curds

AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY COMPETITION, 2015

Class CB: American Originals, Brick Cheese – Cow’s Milk
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Wisconsin Brick

Class KM: Flavored Cheeses, Monterey Jack with Flavor Added – All Milks
Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Hot Pepper Jack

WISCONSIN MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR, 2014

Marketplace Opportunity Award
“Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has a rich, 104-year history. While the product they manufacture has remained consistent for the past 50 years, their strategy for bringing that product to market has shifted considerably. Throughout the past six years they have been transitioning away from the commodities market to instead focus on building a brand consumers recognize for quality and value. Due to Ellsworth’s extensive marketing efforts their retail stores have become day trip destinations and attract thousands of tourists annually. They draw an astounding 75 percent of their traffic from outside of the area. “

NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, 2014

Natural Cheese Curd Snack Category
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Ranch Cheddar Cheese Curds

Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curds

Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth Facility, Ellsworth, WI
Natural Cajun Cheddar Cheese Curds

AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY COMPETITION, 2013

Class CB: American Originals, Brick Cheese – Made from Cow’s Milk
Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Wisconsin Brick

WORLD DAIRY EXPO CHAMPIONSHIP DAIRY PRODUCT CONTEST, 2012

Class 17. Open Class Semi-Soft Cheese
Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Havarti, 99.1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, 2012

Class 31. Brick, Muenster
Second Award
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Wisconsin Brick, 98.2

WORLD DAIRY EXPO CHAMPIONSHIP DAIRY PRODUCT CONTEST, 2006

Class 5. Brick/Muenster
Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Muenster, 99.5

Class 10. Flavored Natural Cheese Award
Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Antonella Jalapeno Peppers, 99.45

WISCONSIN STATE FAIR CHEESE & BUTTER CONTEST, 2004

Class 10. Flavored Natural Cheeses Award
Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Swedish Brick Caraway, 99.50

WORLD DAIRY EXPO CHAMPIONSHIP DAIRY PRODUCT CONTEST, 2004

Class Overall Award – Grand Champion
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Mild Wisconsin Brick, 99.85

Class Brick, Muenster Award
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Mild Wisconsin Brick, 99.85

Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Muenster, 99.70

Third Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Muenster, 99.65

Class Flavored Natural Award
First Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Hot Pepper Muenster, 99.30

Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Caraway Swedish Brick, 99.20

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, 2003

Class 5. Brick, Muenster Award
Second Place
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Comstock Facility, Comstock, WI
Muenster, 98.9