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Mar 19, 2010 11:49 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Food experts: TV, travel have made cheese trendy

The growing popularity of an international cheese contest in Wisconsin underscores how trendy cheeses are becoming in the U.S.

The 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest attracted 2,300 entries from 20 countries. A Swiss Gruyere took top honors.

One judge was former cheesemaker Bill Schlinsog. He says cheeses made from sheep's and goat's milk are becoming more popular because consumers are more willing to try exotic foods.

Experts say food-related TV shows helped pique Americans' sense of adventure. They say U.S. cheesemakers are also winning international awards, making customers more eager to sample their wares.

Tastes also have changed as more people travel internationally.

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