|Jeff Jirik elected to American Cheese Society Board of Directors|
We are very proud to announce that Jeff Jirik, VP/GM Blue Cheese Division for Swiss Valley Farms, has been elected to the American Cheese Society Board of Directors. The election results were announced last week at the American Cheese Society's Annual Conference, held in Montreal, Canada.
Jeff was nominated this past May by the current Board of Directors, who valued his knowledge of American artisanal cheese making. Jeff believes that as a Board Member, he will be able to further the organization's commitment of ensuring safe and innovative artisanal cheese growth in the United States. "Artisanal cheeses are one of the only truly value-added cheese niches left in the marketplace," says Jeff. "Growing the sustainable high-value markets for cheese is one way of ensuring increasing value for our milk."
Although he has not been assigned specific committee responsibilities yet, he believes his focus will be in the areas of cheese maker education and regulatory relations.
Jeff has been active in the American Cheese Society since 2001, the year he founded the Caves of Faribault. For the last ten years, he has shared his love for cheese making in many capacities, from giving presentations on affinage to getting samples ready for the Festival of Cheese. Jeff believes his business success is due in part to his relationship with ACS. "Quite simply, Caves of Faribault may not be here today without the tremendous support and encouragement of ACS," he notes.
Jeff will serve a three-year term, ending at the Annual Conference in 2014.
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About the American Cheese Society (ACS): The American Cheese Society is an organization passionate about supporting American specialty cheeses through research, education and networking, with an emphasis on safety and sustainability. Founded in 1983, ACS membership is comprised of cheese makers, retailers and enthusiasts who share the same passion. Caves of Faribault/Swiss Valley Farms is an active member of ACS. To learn more, visit the link to their official website below.
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