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World Championship Cheese Contest Adds First Female Assistant Chief Judge

October 25, 2013

Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. has announced that Sandy Toney was selected as the new assistant chief judge for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the first woman to hold the position for the World Championship Cheese Contest since it began in 1957. Responsible for overseeing the contest, assistant chief judges choose the technical expert judges and administer instructions for grading, cheese types and defects.

“This is a terrific honor for Sandy.  We couldn’t be happier for her,” said Jeff Gentine, the company’s co-owner and executive vice president.  “She takes her craft very seriously, and it’s gratifying to see that recognized within our industry.”

 
Toney, vice president of Corporate Quality and Product Development for Masters Gallery Foods, has been a licensed cheese grader for close to 20 years and has served as an expert technical judge for the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest and the World Championship Cheese Contest for nine years.  She also serves on the FDA Advisory Board.  Toney holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Silver Lake College and an associate degree in food science from Moraine Park Technical College.  

Masters Gallery Foods is a leader in the retail and food service private label cheese packaging and distribution business.  The company services many of the nation’s grocery chains, wholesalers, restaurants and distributors with a full line of cheese related products.  For more information, visit the company’s website at www.mastersgalleryfoods.com.

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