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Friday Briefs: Agropur cheeses recognized at global contest, Spud launches #HerFairShare

Quick bites to catch you up on the past week
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Agropur’s facility in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, QC, won gold for its cheddar aged one to two years.

Agropur wins big at World Championship Cheese Contest

Fourteen of Agropur’s cheeses earned medals at the World Championship Cheese Contest, held March 5 to 7 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Agropur earned five gold medals, four silver and five bronze in the contest, which drew entries from 25 countries

The contest is hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Agropur’s facility in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, QC, won gold for its cheddar aged one to two years. Agropur’s operations in Canada have earned gold medals for their cheddars in three consecutive World Championship events. 

Agropur’s U.S. operations stood out in the mozzarella and string cheese classes. Mozzarella from its Luxemburg, Wisconsin plant earned both gold and silver while its string cheese produced in Little Chute, Wisconsin took the top two spots in its respective category. It was Luxemburg’s second consecutive gold for mozzarella. String cheese is a new product for the Little Chute plant, which participated in the category for the first time. 

See the full list of winning cheeses here.

Spud commits to supporting women-led brands

This International Women's Day, online grocery retailer Spud is introducing #HerFairShare – a commitment to getting more women-led brands on grocery shelves.

Spud aims to grow its selection of women-led brands from 20% to 25% by 2025. This initiative begins with Spud creating five new openings on its storefront exclusively for women-led brands, with applications opening on March 4th.

To apply as a vendor under the #HerFairShare initiative, visit

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Andrew Oland

Moosehead Breweries chief names Beer Canada board chair

Andrew Oland, president and CEO of Moosehead Breweries Ltd., is the new chair of Beer Canada’s board of directors.

In his new role at the association, Oland follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, George B. Oland, his grandfather, Philp Oland and his father, Derek Oland

Oland will serve with current board of directors Chantalle Butler of Molson Coors Canada; Anders Rud Jørgensen of Waterloo BrewingMarcelo Michaelis of Labatt Breweries of Canada; and John Sleeman of Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

He succeeds outgoing chair Fred Landtmeters.

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