Murray’s Cheese Wins Big at the American Cheese Society Annual Conference

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Signature Cave Aged cheeses bring home several honors; award-winning goat milk cheese to debut this fall

CINCINNATI, Aug. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today shared that Murray’s Cheese Cave Aged Cheese line received numerous accolades at the American Cheese Society annual conference, bringing home five awards. Murray’s operates more than 1,000 cheese counters in Kroger Family of Stores, creating the customer experience Murray’s has become known for at its flagship Greenwich Village store.  

Murray’s proprietary Cave Aged cheeses are developed by a team of talented affineurs taking unmatured wheels from top creameries and crafting them into original creations not found anywhere else in the world.

“Through our cave aged program, we create exclusive cheeses in collaboration with several wonderful creameries and cheesemakers,” said Nick Tranchina, president of Murray’s Cheese. “With months or even years of research and development, our team develops new flavors using proprietary aging techniques in our temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms. We are especially proud to be recognized by the American Cheese Society for our latest project, Carpenter’s Wheel, debuting in October. Additionally, Stockinghall Cheddar continues to be awarded and is building a following as the Murray’s Cave Aged cheese available in many Kroger shops nationally.”

The American Cheese Society Judging & Competition is the largest of its kind for American-made cheeses, recognizing products for their achievements in flavor, aroma, texture and appearance. The Murray’s Cave Aged Cheese line award-winners honored by the American Cheese Society include:

Second Place: Cave Aged Reserve Greensward  
Category: Soft-ripened washed rind 
The unique spruce-wrapped round made by the Cellars at Jasper Hill in Vermont and aged in the Murray’s caves was originally created for Eleven Madison Park. Murray’s team of affineurs washes the cheese in cider and watches over as the pucks age to perfection. Greensward has a silky, oozing, spoonable paste that combines tastes of mushrooms and brandied cherries with woodsy, sprucy notes. A recent winner at American Cheese Society 2022, Third Place Best in Show.   

Second Place: Cave Aged Reserve Hudson Flower 
Category: Soft-ripened with flavor added – all milks 
Young wheels of sheep’s milk cheese from New York’s Old Chatham Creamery are coated in the Murray’s caves with a blend of rosemary, lemon thyme, chervil and hop flowers. After ripening in the caves, this riff on Corsican classic Fleur du Maquis has piney, floral, rich and earthy flavors. Also a winner at the 2022 American Cheese Society, World Championship Cheese Contest, and 2019 American Cheese Society.  

Second Place: Cave Aged Original Stockinghall Cheddar 
Category: Cheddar wrapped in cloth,linen with a natural rind – aged through 12 months – all milks 
Stockinghall Cheddar is a uniquely Murray’s creation. Cheddar wheels are made at Old Chatham Creamery using Murray’s recipe; Murray’s caves team then receives the young wheels, wraps them in cloth, and ages them for a year. The resulting flavors are meaty bacon and sour cream with hints of pineapple. Winner of American Cheese Society 2019 Best in Show. Available in select Kroger Murray’s Cheese stores!

Second Place: Cave Aged Original Buttermilk Basque  
Category: Sheep’s milk cheese aged 31 to 60 days
A rich, buttery cheese inspired by traditional Basque cheese, made in collaboration with Old Chatham Creamery with an original recipe developed by the Murray’s caves team. The small wheels with a recognizable woven rind age in Murray’s caves for one month to form a pudgy paste with a gentle earthiness.   

Third Place: Carpenter’s Wheel (coming this fall)
Category: Goat’s milk cheese aged over 60 days 
This alpine-style goat’s milk cheese is a collaboration with FireFly Farms in Maryland. The cheese was originally developed with Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn, and Murray’s is proud to carry on the cheese’s legacy now that Crown Finish has closed.

As an iconic New York City destination, Murray’s brings its authentic roots and decades of specialty food expertise in creating a fresh cut-and-wrap cheese program inside Kroger stores. Each Murray’s shop carries more than 150 exceptional cheeses, plus charcuterie, olives, crackers and specialty food items from all over the world. The Murray’s Cave Aged Cheese line is available for purchase at www.murrayscheese.com, along with gifts and cheese of the month clubs.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit™. We are, across our family of companies nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Murray’s Cheese
Murray’s Cheese is a beloved mainstay of New York City’s Greenwich Village that has evolved into a world-renowned specialty food destination. Murray’s in New York City includes several retail shops, a restaurant, and an e-commerce program with gifts, monthly clubs and cheeses aged in their state-of-the-art NYC cheese caves. Cheese experts also host tasting classes and events, and the company supplies some of the country’s most beloved restaurants with cheese. Murray’s joined the Kroger family in 2017 and their cheese counters and experts can be found within Kroger and its banner stores around the country. Follow along @murrayscheese and www.murrayscheese.com.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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