Cheeses from Spain in the News

El Trigal® Brand Manchego Given Top Ranking at Superior Taste Awards 2017

Forever Cheese, importers of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Croatian cheese and specialty foods, is pleased to announce that the El Trigal® brand of Manchego cheese they import from Spain has been granted a Superior Taste Award of three stars. Products submitted for these awards are evaluated based on their overall taste, texture, aroma, and appearance and given a score up to 100%. Those scoring 90% and above are given three stars for exceptional taste, the highest honor. Judges called the El Trigal® aged Manchego “truly delicious and genuine,” and “well-textured with a stunning flavor profile.”

The International Taste & Quality Institute gives out the Superior Taste Awards once a year in Europe. The jury is made up of 135 Michelin-starred chefs and Sommeliers, all experts in their field. This group is unique, as iTQi partners exclusively with prestigious culinary organizations, such as l’Academie Culinaire de France and the Academy of Culinary Arts, from which they select their jury. The members participate in rigorous sensory analysis of each product. The tastings are completely blind and products are not compared to each other; each is evaluated on its own merit.
El Trigal® Manchego is made outside of Toledo, Spain, by the Corcuera family. They have been making Manchego for over 70 years and were instrumental in establishing the protected designation of origin for the cheese. They make 3 Month, 6 Month, Raw 8 Month, 1 Year, and Reserva (15 month) Manchego, which are sold under the El Trigal® brand in the U.S. Michele Buster, of Forever Cheese, first connected with the Corcuera family in 1996. A fateful meeting in a Madrid parking garage included sampling their Manchego atop a car, which Ms. Buster described as love at first taste, despite the lingering scent of exhaust in the air. From that point on, she worked to import their cheese to the U.S., aware that it was something very special. “I’m very proud of our close relationship and all that we have accomplished together,” she said. “This award is well deserved and an indication of the consistent high quality of their cheese.”
Queso Manchego DOP is a Spanish pressed sheep’s milk cheese aged a maximum of two years. It must be made from Manchega sheep’s milk in the province of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, or Toledo in Castilla-La Mancha. The cheese is firm and compact with lots of butterfat and a savory flavor that grows more intense over time. El Trigal® aged Manchego is complex and full flavored with aromas of buttered popcorn. It can be found at many cheese and specialty shops throughout the U.S.

About Forever Cheese: Forever Cheese debuted in 1998 in order to meet the increasing demand for Mediterranean products. Today it imports from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Croatia. Forever Cheese focuses primarily on cheese and is constantly evolving to include more specialty foods to better serve the American market. Founders Michele Buster and Pierluigi Sini personally hand select each item directly from our producers to provide customers with many products that are exclusive to Forever Cheese.

Website: www.forevercheese.com
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For more information on the iTQi Superior Taste Award, visit www.itqi.com

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TGT Group producer Lácteas Toledo achieves the IFS Food Safety Certification Higher Level

 

TGT Group producer Lácteas Toledo, S.A., which makes Manchego, Ibérico and other Spanish cheeses, is proud to announce that their factory has recently achieved the IFS Food Safety Certification Higher Level.

The main requirements of the IFS Technical Standard are the adoption of HACCP, a quality management system and control of factory environmental standards, product, process and personnel.

This achievement is yet another goal of the TGT Group, which has 6 factories in Spain and another under construction in the Republic of Cuba.

 

Imported from Spain by:
Ole Ole Foods
54 Schuyler St.
Belleville, NJ 07109
Tel (973)759-0333
Fax (973) 759-0375
www.oleolefoods.com                                                   
Conrad@oleolefoods.com

Attn: Conrad Adillon

Contact in Spain:
Teodoro Garcia, S.A.
Ferrocarril, 2-4
08840 Viladecans (Barcelona)
Tel  (+34) 93 637 3773
Fax  (+34) 93 637 2916
www.grupotgt.es
ecapdevila@grupotgt.es
Attn: Eva Capdevila

 

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Quesos Corcuera Wins Two Top Awards for Aged Manchego Cheese

Quesos Corcuera, Spanish Manchego producer, celebrated two important wins in national Manchego competitions this spring. Firstly, they received a gold medal in the cheese competition at the 2016 Feria Nacional del Campo conference in Manzanares, Spain. Their six month aged Manchego won the top award over 45 different Manchego cheeses from 26 different cheesemakers. They also won a silver medal for the same cheese at the prestigious Gran Selección competition celebrating the food and wine of Castilla-La Mancha. Their six month Manchego is available in the U.S. under the brand name “El Trigal®,” imported by Forever Cheese.

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These awards are just two of many that Quesos Corcuera has won over the years, both in Spain and internationally. The company is recognized as one of the five most important producers of Manchego. The Corcuera family has over 70 years of experience making Manchego, starting with Don Eusebio Corcuera Gomez, who founded Quesos Corcuera out of his house in La Puebla de Montalban, in the province of Toledo. He was succeeded by his sons Ramon and Carlos and later his daughter Carmen, with the third generation in line to take over. The family was instrumental in helping to create the Manchego DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) and they became the first to produce and sell DOP Manchego.

Michele Buster, cofounder of importer Forever Cheese, found Carlos and together they worked hard to promote Manchego in the U.S. Their efforts helped to bring Manchego to the forefront of Americans’ minds and palates, establishing its position as one of the most popular Spanish cheeses today. Quesos Corcuera sets themselves apart from other producers by using the most up to date technology in the industry. Carlos devoted himself to automating the company’s production, ensuring not only top quality, but impeccable consistency and product guarantee. The technology employed ensures safety and embraces and improves tradition.

Queso Manchego DOP is a Spanish pressed sheep’s milk cheese aged a minimum of 60 days and a maximum of two years. It must be made from Manchega sheep’s milk in the province of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, or Toledo in Castilla-La Mancha. An authentic wheel of Manchego can be identified by the numbered DOP logo on the label or the numbered casein plaque on the bottom of the wheel. The cheese is firm and compact with lots of butterfat and a savory flavor that grows more intense over time. The six month aged Manchego from Quesos Corcuera is complex, full flavored, and buttery. It can be found at many cheese and specialty shops throughout the U.S.

About Forever Cheese: Forever Cheese debuted in 1998 in order to meet the increasing demand for Mediterranean products. Today it imports from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Croatia. Forever Cheese focuses primarily on cheese but is constantly evolving to include more specialty foods to better serve the American market. Founders Michele Buster and Pierluigi Sini personally hand select each item directly from our producers to provide customers with products that are virtually exclusive to Forever Cheese.
Contact:
Forever Cheese, Inc.
36-36 33rd St. Suite 307
Long Island City, NY 11106
718-777-0772
info@forevercheese.com

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