Finica Food Specialties Limited

August 09, 2011 12:00 ET

Mariposa Dairy "Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar" Wins Big at the American Cheese Society

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - This past weekend August 4th – August 7th , Montreal was host to the first ever in Canada "American Cheese Society" Conference. The conference included the North American cheese competition which included over 1676 cheeses from all over North America. This event is considered by most in the trade to be one of the most prestigious competitions. It has been quoted as the "Academy Awards" of the cheese business.

Canada placed very well this year, however it was Mariposa Dairies who surprised the crowd for their achievements with the following awards.
  • Best In Show (the category for the Top Prize)
    • Second Place tied overall for best cheese "Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar"
  • Bandaged Cheddar Aged over 12 months category
    • First Prize "Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar"
  • Other Ribbons
  • Fresh Goats Milk Cheese
  • Third place for Celebrity International Original Goat Cheese
  • Fresh Goat Milk Cheese Flavour added Pepper/Spice
    • 2nd place Ribbon for Celebrity International Chevre Pesto.

Mariposa Dairies are a local success story from Lindsay Ontario.

The factory is owned by Bruce & Sharon Vandenburg who started the dairy in 1986. Their product is distributed across North America through Finica Food Specialties from Mississauga, Ontario and United States distribution is handled by the ATALANTA Corporation. Their fresh goat cheeses are sold under the "Celebrity International" brand.

Mariposa Dairies was recognized in 2006 for an Ontario Agricultural Success story, and continue to show that they can compete with the best in North America. They have won 2 other first awards for their "Celebrity" Cranberry & Cinnamon Goat cheese in 2009 and 2010 in the United States, plus numerous other ribbons for different cheeses.

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