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Dutch Vermeer cheese wins 2012 World Championship

MADISON (WKOW) -- The World Championship Cheese Contest has named a Dutch Vermeer cheese from the Netherlands its 2012 winner.

The winning cheese making company was Friesland Campina in Wolvega, The Netherlands.

This is the first time in four contests a Swiss cheese didn't get the top title.

International judges deliberated over the 16 top contenders at Monona Terrace Wednesday. This year, judges say more than 2,500 cheese samples were entered into the competition.

Countries such as Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom were all represented in the championship. 

The United States had five competitors in the top 16, including a Wisconsin cheese maker originally from the Netherlands.

"There's so many good cheeses from all over the world, so just to be in the top 16 that's what every cheese maker could dream of," said Marieke Penterman.

The World Championship Cheese Contest sold out 400 tickets.

Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals said ticket holders were excited about getting to sample a variety entries.

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