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American Cheese Society Honors Whole Foods Market’s Global Cheese Buyer with Lifetime Achievement Award


Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market’s (WFM) global cheese buyer, received the American Cheese Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award on July 30 at the organization’s annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

“ACS is delighted to honor Cathy Strange for her accomplishments and contributions to our organization and the cheese industry,” said Nora Weiser, executive director of the American Cheese Society. “She continues to inspire, mentor, educate and develop the next generation of cheese professionals.”

Strange has more than 30 years’ experience in the cheese industry, where she’s worked closely with farmers and cheesemakers to preserve the quality and heritage of great cheese. Her efforts have created strong relationships with producers, whose high-quality cheeses are available to Whole Foods Market shoppers. Additionally, Strange has been instrumental in increasing the number of Certified Cheese Professionals (CCP) at Whole Foods Market. The company now employs 58 percent of the world’s CCPs.

Strange has been with Whole Foods Market for more than 25 years, is an...