Cappiello & Polly-O Cheeses Win at NY State Fair Dairy Contest

August 18, 2023

Green Bay, Wis. — The cheesemakers from the New York plants of BelGioioso Cheese won four prestigious awards at the 2023 New York State Fair Judging. The Cappiello cheeses are crafted at the company’s Glenville, NY plant while Polly-O cheeses are produced at their Campbell, NY plant.

The medals will be officially awarded on August 31, 2023 during the Great New York State Fair Dairy Day Recognition & Awards Breakfast Reception at the State Fairgrounds.  BelGioioso Cheesemakers will receive a First Place Gold for their Cappiello 8 oz. Natural Hickory Smoked Fresh Mozzarella ball, a second place Silver for Cappiello 1 lb. Fresh Mozzarella log, and two third place Awards of Excellence for Cappiello 8 oz. Pesto Marinated Sliced Fresh Mozzarella log and Polly-O Original Ricotta.

“We are humbled by the awards our New York State based Polly-O and Cappiello brands are being honored with.” said Tim Cronin, NY General Manager, BelGioioso Cheese. “BelGioioso understands that award winning cheeses have two major ingredients; excellent milk and excellent people. Therefore, today we celebrate and share these awards with our passionate cheesemakers and dedicated Farmer partners.  Our New York state plants have been crafting top quality Italian cheeses since 1899 (Polly-O) and 1921 (Cappiello) respectively.  We are truly proud that over a century later, we are still honoring these cheesemaking traditions and doing so at the highest level.”

Four prestigious awards will be accepted for the following unique cheeses that BelGioioso specializes in:

1st Place Gold Medal – Cappiello Natural Hickory Smoked Fresh Mozzarella

2nd Place Silver Medal – Cappiello Fresh Mozzarella

3rd Place Award of Excellence – Cappiello Pesto Marinated Sliced Fresh Mozzarella

3rd Place Award of Excellence – Polly-O Original Ricotta

BelGioioso Cheese is a family-owned and operated company specializing in artisan Italian cheesemaking.  Using natural ingredients and fresh, local Wisconsin milk, Master Cheesemakers hand-craft a full line of exceptional cheeses guided by a commitment to quality and a respect for tradition. 

At BelGioioso, every cheese is a specialty.

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