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WATERLOO - Cheese maker George Crave of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese was inducted into the New World Chapter of The Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. The organization was founded in France in 1969.

Crave was nominated for membership by the New World Chapter’s president Cathy Strange, the global cheese buyer for Whole Foods. He was honored with this nomination in acknowledgement of his contributions toward the success of cheese produced in the United States, as well as the farmstead and green energy focused commitment of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese. The induction ceremony took place at the Hilton Monona Terrace in Madison, WI.

All of the cheeses produced by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese are made with milk from the Crave family’s own dairy herd, and are sustainably produced. The farmstead cheese-making facility uses 100 percent green power, and practices water conservation and recycling.

The Guilde Internationale des Fromagers is open to professional cheese producers like George Crave, as well as processors, refiners and commercial cheese retailers. Currently, the organization has members in more than 37 countries, ranging from Europe to Australia, North America and South America.

The New World Chapter aims to host three inductions each year in association with events celebrating cheese. Its chapter members are from Mexico, Canada, Australia and the United States.

Every day, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese produces 10,000 pounds of cheese, all under the direction of licensed cheese maker George Crave. Crave Brothers’ award-winning artisan cheese varieties include Mascarpone that has won more than 27 awards since its introduction. Recent honors include a First Place Award in the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest in the Soft Spreadable Cheese Category.

In 2017, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella also swept the Fresh Mozzarella category at the U.S. Cheese Championships, placing First, Second and Third.

Other recent Fresh Mozzarella awards include First and Second Place Awards at the 2017 World Dairy Product Awards; First and Second Place Awards at the 2017 American Cheese Society Competition; and Second Place honors for both Fresh Mozzarella and Marinated Fresh Mozzarella at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest.

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