Cheese tro­phies for Kerry Group and Dairy­gold

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARM FINANCE - Stephen Cado­gan

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.

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