European cheese certified organic by the USDA

European cheese certified organic by the USDA

Kingdom Cheddar is the first and only European cheese to be certified organic by the USDA.

The milk in Kingdom Cheddar comes from a small group of organic family farmers in southwest England, where Cheddar cheesemaking first began in the 12th century.

“We use old-world artisan techniques, conducted under today’s exacting organic standards, which makes for an exceptional product,” said Nicola Turner, export and marketing director at the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo), the largest organic dairy farmers’ cooperative in the U.K. OMSCo manages the production of Kingdom Cheddar.

The cooperative of family dairy farmers that produces Kingdom Cheddar has partnered with Wisconsin-based Organic Valley cooperative to distribute the product in the U.S. Kingdom Cheddar is now available in many Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers.

In taste panels conducted in May 2013, consumers described Kingdom Cheddar, an extra-sharp mature cheese, as “clean and creamy, with a taste that carries notes of fresh grass.”

“The moist, temperate climate in South-West England produces pastures of lush grass,” said Turner. “Those grasses impart a unique flavor to the milk, and therefore the cheese. We then carefully age the Cheddar in the climate-controlled chambers or caves, a time-honored tradition of cheese makers in this area. This brings out the unique, yet historical character of the cheese.”

“Its premium quality makes it the ideal choice for entertaining, or makes everyday eating—and cooking—a little extra-special,” she added.

Kingdom Cheddar is certified to the USDA’s National Organic Standards

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