The cheese beat out two Swiss cheeses Wednesday, and marked the first time in four contests the Swiss didn't take top honors. (<-- read this Tim)
Dutch judge Peter Piersma says he's excited for his country and proud of his colleagues.
The first runner-up was Kaserei Grundbach, a company in
, that entered a smear-ripened
semi-soft winzer kase. Wattenwill, Switzerland
A fellow Swiss cheesemaker, SO Appenzeller Kase of Appenzell, was the second runner-up with its Appenzeller cheese.
Seven of the 16 finalists were from the
, including five from U.S. . Five were from Wisconsin , two from The Switzerland and one each from Netherlands and Canada . Spain
The spectators witnessed a mild upset in the judging. Swiss cheesemakers had won the past three contests, and comprised two of the top three finalists this year. But it was a low-fat
named Vermeer from Friesland
Campina, a company based in Gouda , that took top honors. Wolvega, Netherlands