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Gruyère wins world cheese championship

Two cheeses from Switzerland and one from Italy have won the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest.

Top honours went on Thursday to a Le Gruyère Switzerland, a Gruyère produced by Michael Spycher in Wasen, a Swiss village of 300 people in canton Bern. Judges said the winning sample was notable for its full flavour and fruity taste.

The cheese beat thousands of entries from around the world, in categories ranging from Cheddar and feta to Brie and Edam.

A Gorgonzola from Bologna in Italy was runner-up, while third place went to a Swiss maker of Emmental cheese in canton Thurgau.

It was the second straight title for a Swiss cheese. The contest is held every two years. This year’s competition in Madison, Wisconsin, drew almost 2,000 entries from 20 countries.

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