TILLAMOOK - Tillamook County Creamery Association cheese has more awards to add to its list of accomplishments. At the National Milk Producers annual meeting Oct. 24 through Oct. 28 in Reno, Nev., Tillamook products won five awards. Four awards were won in a communications competition.

Out of 12 dairy cooperatives with 128 entries, Tillamook dairy products placed highly among brands from across the United States. In the medium cheddar cheese category, Tillamook medium cheddar placed first and second. Tillamook placed first and third with its Monterey jack cheese and another first-place prize was won for pepper jack.

Evaluators assess and score the cheese entries based on different quality attributes such as flavor, body and texture, and color and appearance. In the cheddar categories, judges also look for a balanced cheddar flavor, no "off" flavors like being bitter or sour, good body and textures that would allow for expected melting and slicing, and an appearance that is typical of the cheese being evaluated.

TCCA won four prizes in NMPF's Communications competition including first place for the public relations campaign that was organized to celebrate the creamery association's 95th anniversary.

"These national awards demonstrate our continued commitment to producing top quality dairy products and to promoting them and the cooperative in a creative format that is appealing to our customers," said Tillamook Cheese president and CEO Jim McMullen. "We are proud that our 100-year-old recipe continues to be recognized as a premier cheddar cheese."

The Tillamook County Creamery Association was formed as a cooperative in 1909.

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