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ACS Lexicon & Glossary

The ACS Cheese and Dairy Product Lexicon and Glossary (ACS Lexicon & Glossary) aims to facilitate conversations across the supply chain of cheese by creating a credible, modern resource that provides a greater understanding of the myriad ways in which … Continue reading

Tips for Cheese Lovers

Buying Cheese When buying cheese, it’s best to find a reliable source, such as a specialty market, cheese shop, or gourmet foods store that specializes in cheeses.  Often, your local farmer’s market and a cheesemaker’s Web site are excellent resources, as you will often … Continue reading

Board Nominations

Each year, the ACS Nominating Committee seeks nominations of cheese industry professionals to serve in leadership positions on the ACS Board of Directors. The number of slots available and category of nominees sought is announced each year in advance of the nominating … Continue reading

Detailed Responsibilities Related to Cheese

Please use the list below for examples of acceptable descriptions for the ‘Detailed Responsibilities Related to Cheese’ section of the ACS T.A.S.T.E. exam. Cheesemaker: Procure raw materials Cheese make Develop new recipes Determine ingredient mix (cultures, etc) Age cheese Develop HACCP Document cold … Continue reading

Member Profile: Surfing Goat Dairy

While the majority of us are in the depths of the cold, dark winter, and dreaming of warm, sunny escapes, ACS’s only Hawaiian member is enjoying the season.  Surfing Goat Dairy, located in Kula, HI, continues to be as busy … Continue reading

ACS Judging & Competition Cheese Entry Categories

2022 The ACS Judging & Competition Committee has defined the following entry categories for the products entered into the ACS Judging & Competition. Download the ACS Judging & Competition Categories   A. FRESH UNRIPENED CHEESES Cheese Curds, Cottage Cheese, Cream … Continue reading

Virtual Member Meeting

ACS Virtual Member Meeting on July 23, 2020 At our first ever virtual meeting members engaged with familiar and new faces and received insight into the state of ACS and our industry. Watch the playlist in the order each event … Continue reading

Exam Software and System Requirements

About the Software (Examsoft) We take the integrity and security of the CCP Exam™ very seriously and have developed our exam processes, in-person proctoring techniques, and administration to reflect this dedication. ACS has partnered with ExamSoft, the world leader in … Continue reading

COVID-19 Resources

To help support our community during this pandemic, our team has curated a list of resources across a variety of topics. We encourage you to utilize these resources as you look to make your own business plans and stay informed. … Continue reading

Strategic Plan 2020

The ACS Strategic plan was developed with broad-based direction from stakeholders coupled with a proactive eye to the industry’s future. This multi-phased strategic planning process included: Board of Directors Self-Assessment and Analysis Member Satisfaction Survey Post-Conference Survey State of the Artisan and … Continue reading

Newsletter Archive

This digital collection of newsletters spans the different iterations of the American Cheese Society’s member newsletter. Spanning from 1990 to the present, these newsletters serve as the main communication tool between the organization and our members. This archive encompasses our … Continue reading

ACS Judging & Competition Cheese Entry Categories

The ACS Judging & Competition Committee has defined the following entry categories for the products entered into the ACS Judging & Competition. Download the ACS Judging & Competition Categories   A. FRESH UNRIPENED CHEESES Cheese Curds, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, … Continue reading

Conference Educational Sessions

The American Cheese Society maintains an archive of ACS Conference Presentations. Each year, after the ACS Annual Conference, the presentations are made available to members here. Our collection of presentations dates back to 2010. Currently, the years 2013-Present are available … Continue reading

Membership FAQs

What’s the distinction between being an INDIVIDUAL and an ORGANIZATIONAL member of ACS? Individual Membership is designed for industry professionals who seek educational opportunities, networking, online resources, and professional development opportunities for personal growth and career advancement. An Individual Membership … Continue reading

Update on 12/10/15 Meeting Between ACS & FDA

On December 10, 2015, ACS leaders met with FDA representatives to touch base on a number of important regulatory issues affecting our industry.  Below are some of the key outcomes from this productive meeting. Key Takeaways and Shared Goals ACS was candid … Continue reading

Retailer Profile: The Cheese Shop in Concord, MA

Owner Peter Lovis recently discussed The Cheese Shop, in Concord, Massachusetts, with the American Cheese Society. Below is his favorite “Desert Island” cheese, what new cheese is exciting the staff at The Cheese Shop, and what you can expect when … Continue reading

ACS Retail Discount Program

The ACS Retail Discount Program allows current ACS members to receive discounts when shopping at participating retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Below, please find a map and corresponding list of retailers offering discounts to ACS members. Members must display … Continue reading

The Science of Artisan Cheese – A Recap

Kate Arding, co-founder of Culture Magazine, ACS Board member, and Chair of the ACS Regulatory & Academic Committee, traveled to England in August 2012 for “The Science of Artisan Cheese” — a two-day conference held by the Specialist Cheese Makers … Continue reading

ACS CCP™ Exam Application Process

Exam Administration & Oversight The American Cheese Society is responsible for administering the exam, and  committee consisting of ACS staff and cheese industry leaders reviews all applications for certification. Acceptance/Denial of Application If you meet the eligibility criteria, we will … Continue reading

Eligibility Criteria for ACS Certifications

Eligibility is determined at the time an application is submitted, and all eligibility requirements MUST be attained at the time of application. Future work hours are not considered in determining eligibility For T.A.S.T.E. Test® Candidates Candidates who are active ACS … Continue reading

Member-2-Member Marketing

Member-2-Member Marketing emails are the quickest way to let the cheese community know about your product, service, or upcoming event. ACS will distribute your email message to the entire active ACS membership. The cost for this service is $250 per … Continue reading

Bylaws of the American Cheese Society, Inc.

Approved by the Membership on August 7, 2010 ARTICLE I: NAME, LOCATION AND DEFINITIONS Section 1. Name The name of the corporation shall be The American Cheese Society. Section 2. Location The administrative offices of the association shall be in … Continue reading

Privacy & Terms

The American Cheese Society (ACS) values your privacy and steadfastly believes in protecting information pertaining to our website visitors, members, and customers. We do not share information with third parties and we only contact you based on your requests and … Continue reading

Classified Ads

Do you have equipment for sale? Land, a farm, or a creamery to sell or lease? Submit an ACS Classified Listing by emailing [email protected] with your ad and photos. Do you have a career opportunity to post? Jobs are now … Continue reading

Domain 9: Inventory Management

Sourcing (inventory selection) A. Considerations B. Supplier programs Receiving A. Receiving protocols B. Unloading cheese Inventory management A. Ordering B. Rotation C. Controlling loss Storage & shelf life guidelines A. Product lifecycle B. Date marking and labeling C. Requirements for … Continue reading

Member Directory

The searchable American Cheese Society Member Directory is a benefit of ACS membership. Only current members may be included in the Directory, and only current members have access to search the Directory. If you do not want to be included … Continue reading

Member Profile: Arethusa Farm

By Matthew Spiegler Dairy farming and haute-couture may not intersect very often, but at Arethusa Farm, in Litchfield, CT, two executives from Manolo Blahnik — makers of shoes coveted by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker — have transformed what … Continue reading