The Kroger Co. and Murray's Cheese announced this week that 29 team members have been named Certified Cheese Professionals by the American Cheese Society. The 29 members are a part of a group of 155 people who passed the 6th ACS Certified Cheese Professional Exam in July. ACS CCPs now total 740 people in the US, Canada and Europe.

The ACS exam is the first and only of its kind and was launched in 2012 to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for all area of the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics, including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, marketing and communications, nutrition, regulations and sanitation.