MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association says its biennial contest to name the world's best cheese has attracted a record number of entrants.
The association says more than 2,300 cheeses and butters have been entered in next week's contest. That's a jump of almost 20 percent since the last contest in 2008.
The group says the entries hail from 20 nations, from Argentina to Sweden.
The 80 categories include brie, gorgonzola, cheddar and sheep's-milk cheeses. A new category for reduced-sodium cheese has been introduced this year.
The most recently crowned "big cheese" was Swiss cheesemaker Michael Spycher (SPEE'-cher). His gruyere cheese took home the gold medal in 2008.
This year's contest runs from March 16-18 in Madison.
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