Karoun Dairies, Inc. Wins Three Medals at World Cheese Contest


TURLOCK, Calif.—On April 22 California’s Karoun Dairies, Inc., makers of natural handmade Mediterranean cheeses will travel to Madison, Wisconsin to collect their three awards from the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest. Karoun Dairies, Inc. won two gold medals in this biennial event, one for the Mykonos Creamy Feta in the Feta category and another for the Panela in the Quesos Frescos category. The Basket Feta with Sundried Tomato & Thyme also took a bronze medal in the Flavored Feta category. The 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest is hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and is the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world.

Of the 77 gold medal cheeses from cow, goat and sheep milk classes at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest, Karoun’s awards account for half of the gold medals awarded to California cheesemakers. This year’s contest was the largest judging ever of its kind, with more than 2,300 entries from 20 countries, and thirty states. Karoun itself has an international story, as the Baghdassarian Family immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1990 to pursue the American Dream and a passion for the art and science of cheesemaking. From humble beginnings to being recognized as one of America’s premier cheese companies is a source of great pride.

“As a family business that is living the American Dream, all of us at Karoun Dairies take great pride in creating and manufacturing the most delicious, best quality natural cheeses on the market,” said Rostom Baghdassarian, company COO. “Serving the Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and natural markets using old country methods and family recipes, we are proud to share delicious new options for a healthy and flavorful approach to cooking and eating.”

As is evident by these latest awards, Karoun continues to set a new standard for ethnic cheese and cultured dairy products in the United States, with dairy products which are free of thickeners, stabilizers and fillers, made strictly using only milk from cows that are free from growth hormones, BGH/rBST, and Real California Milk certified.

Through their proprietary brands, Karoun Dairies services various ethnic markets in the U.S. Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, European, Hispanic, Indian, Greek, Russian, Armenian and mainstream American.

Karoun Dairies, Inc. was founded in 1990. Karoun is rooted in its heritage as a family-run business started in search of fulfilling the American dream through their history in dairy dating back fifty years. The company has continued to grow from manufacturing hand braided String Cheese for local mom-and-pop stores, to producing a wide variety of Mediterranean specialty cheeses and cultured dairy products with nationwide distribution. Please visit www.karouncheese.com.

For product samples, press materials, or further information, please contact Jennifer Bryan at 805-962-1347, or jbryan@christiecomm.com.

Get a Delicious Start to Summer with Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheeses, Add a Whole New Dimension to Healthy Al Fresco Dining

While summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21st, now’s the time to start thinking about outdoor grilling and healthy eating for the entire family with Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheeses. Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheeses (in original recipe and with mint) insure a flavorful summer that you can feel good about is just around the corner. All of Karoun Dairies cheeses are natural and handmade at their state-of-the-art California facility, strictly using only milk from cows that are free from growth hormones, BGH/rBST, and are Real California Milk certified.

Grilling Cheese (a Halloumi-style cheese) is a traditional semi-firm Mediterranean cheese, with a distinctive layered texture, which is mildly salty with a rich buttery taste. Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheeses can withstand a tremendous amount of heat without melting, and will develop a delicious golden crust when grilled. Whether it is served right off the grill with fresh herbs and summer tomatoes from the garden, in baking recipes, or as a protein for a vegetarian meal, Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheeses will become a summertime favorite with everyone!

Simply Delicious Grilling Cheese
½ lb. Karoun’s Yanni Grilling Cheese
2 Tbsp. freshly picked oregano leaves
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 grilled lemon, juiced
Pita Bread, Grilled

Directions: Brush the grilled cheese with olive oil and place onto a medium hot grill for 2 minutes on each side, or until marked. Remove and slice into ½ inch pieces. Sprinkle with oregano. Drizzle olive oil on top and squeeze the lemon juice over the cheese. Serve with grilled pita bread.

Double Potato and Grilling Cheese Bake
1 large sweet potato
1 large red firm potato
1 red onion
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
½ head garlic, cloves peeled
4 Tbsp. olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ½ oz. grilling cheese, sliced as thinly as you can

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the sweet potato into 1 ½ inch cubes and the red potato slightly smaller (1 inch cubes) as the sweet potato will cook more quickly. Halve the red onion, and then cut each half into 6 segments, discarding any tough outer skin. Seed the peppers and cut into 1 inch squares, and separate the cloves of garlic. Put everything into a 2-quart casserole dish and, using your hands, coat the vegetables with olive oil. Season with black pepper, but no salt as the cheese will make it salty.

Bake for 45 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked through and light brown. Turn the oven up to maximum heat or light the broiler: place the thinly sliced cheese on top of the bake, and put it back in the very hot over or under the broiler until the cheese has melted and turned slightly brown on top, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve straight out of the casserole dish.

Award-winning family-owned Karoun Dairies, Inc. relies on over 50 years of cheese making experience to create its Mediterranean Specialties line of natural recipe yogurts, Labne and cheeses which are true gastronomic delights and distinctive in their fresh flavor and wonderful aroma.

About Karoun Dairies, Inc.: Founded in 1990, Karoun is rooted in its heritage as a family-run business started in search of fulfilling the American dream through their history in dairy dating back fifty years. The company has continued to grow from manufacturing hand braided String Cheese for local mom-and-pop stores, to producing a wide variety of Mediterranean specialty cheeses and cultured dairy products with nationwide distribution. All Karoun cheeses are natural and handmade using only milk from cows that are free from growth hormones, BGH/rBST, and are Real California Milk certified. All Karoun’s Cultured products (yogurt, Labne, Kefir Cheese and Sour Cream) are OU Kosher certified. Please visit www.karouncheese.com.

For product samples, press materials, or further information, please contact Jennifer Bryan at 805-962-1347, or jbryan@christiecomm.com.

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