Cheese trophies for Kerry Group and Dairygold
Irish companies missed out on the top awards at the recent International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, England, but Kerry Group’s Newmarket site and Dairygold Co-op came away with trophies. Kerry Newmarket took the Volac Trophy for Best Medium Cheddar Creamery/Block; the Kerrygold Trophy for best Republic of Ireland Cheddar; and the prize for Best Overseas Cheddar Creamery Block.
The Red Tractor Assured Food Standards Award went to Dairygold Food Ingredients (UK) Ltd.
The ALPMA GB Trophy for the Champion Home International Classes went to Glenstal Foods, Murroe, Co Limerick.
The award for the Champion Cream in the Show went to Green Pastures, Donegal. More than 5,000 cheeses from 27 countries competed for prize.
Dairygold won three class awards for its American Style Soft Cheese, Irish White Extra Mature Cheddar, and Imokilly Full Fat Soft Cheese. Dairygold was a class runner-up for its Irish White Mature Cheddar, and its Medium Fat Soft Cheese, Irish White Extra Mature Cheddar, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar and Irish Whit Extra Mature Cheddar were among class medal winners. Carbery won gold awards for Dubliner Lighter White, Carbery Lactose and Dublin Vintage; silver awards for Carbery Cracker White and Dubliner Ploughman Slices; bronze awards for Carbery Special Reserve and 22% Reduced Fat White; and highly commended awards for White Vintage Cheddar, Dublin Lighter White and White Mature Cheddar.
This year’s Nantwich Supreme Champion and winner of the Westminster Cup was Belton Farm for their Cheshire cheese. The Reserve Supreme Championship was awarded to Arla Foods Lockerbie for a reduced fat cheddar. The Overseas Supreme Champion was Lustenberger und Durst, the Overseas Reserve Champion was Clark Gemini International for their Gorgonzola.
Chese judges in action at the Nantwich Show.