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Wisconsin Goes to Court Over Kerrygold Irish Butter

Wisconsin Goes to Court Over Kerrygold Irish Butter

Wisconsin residents willing to sue for Kerrygold butter

Wisconsin bars the sale of Kerrygold Irish Butter, and now the state is being sued by a grocery store and some residents who really want their Irish butter.

Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. that bars the sale of Kerrygold butter, among other European brands, and this week several Wisconsinites decided they would not stand for that, and now the state is being sued.

According to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin requires butter to be graded by the state or federal government before being sold, but Irish butter from grass-fed cows, like Kerrygold, is ungraded. All other states can have their Irish butter, but Wisconsin cannot. So on Thursday, a Wisconsin specialty food store and four people from around the state who say they want to buy Kerrygold butter were listed as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state over what it calls the "unconstitutional" barring of Irish butters.

“While you might not think of economic liberties as a civil rights issue, I would disagree with that,” said attorney Rick Esenberg, of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a conservative legal group. “It is a civil rights issue.”

The law has been on the books since 1954, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that as long as the law exists, it has the duty to enforce it. Nobody has been arrested or fined over the law, and so far all enforcement has reportedly been limited to notifying retailers that the law exists and is in effect.

Kerrygold is not involved in the lawsuit and has not commented on it.


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”


Thanks to legal workaround, Wisconsin residents will have access to Irish butter

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin residents who love Irish butter will soon be able to buy it in their dairy-obsessed home state, thanks to a creamery’s workaround to a decades-old state law.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan announced Thursday that it will import Irishgold butter from Ireland, process and package it — then have the company’s five state-licensed butter graders rate it. That will allow Irishgold to be sold legally in Wisconsin, which bans the sale of any butter that hasn’t been graded for quality.

Residents tired of crossing state lines to load up on Irish butter filed a lawsuit against the state last month over the law, the only of its kind in the U.S.

“This will be a big day for Wisconsin residents who love the rich taste of Irish butter,” Steve Knaus, Old World Creamery’s managing partner, said in a news release announcing the workaround. Knaus said the company will import the butter in bulk and grade it both before and after packaging. He said the plan was in the works before the lawsuit was filed.

Jake Curtis, the attorney for the residents suing the state, applauded Old World’s efforts, but said his clients would press forward with their lawsuit. Curtis called the ban “irrational” and said it inhibits access to all international butters.

“This story illustrates the extreme measures retailers have to go through,” Curtis said. “Only in Wisconsin.”