MILWAUKEE (WTW) — A 24-pound Dutch cheese named the best in the world at an international competition held in Madison last month has been auctioned off for $8,400, or $350 per pound.
The wheel of Vermeer, a low-fat Gouda-style cheese, scored a mild upset at the World Championship Cheese Contest, beating out two cheeses from Switzerland and preventing the Swiss from capturing a fourth straight title. It was sold as part of an auction of gold-medal cheeses that raises money to help educate cheesemakers.
The Vermeer was made by Friesland Campina, a company based in Steenderen, Netherlands. The plant’s cheesemakers were scheduled to receive their award at a ceremony Thursday evening.
The winning bidder was Hoogwegt US Inc., a company based in Lake Forest, Ill., that supplies dairy products to industrial manufacturers.