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Milk Link success at Nantwich International Cheese Show

29 July 2011

Competing against a record field of 3,700 entries from 26 countries, Milk Link’s creameries collected a total of five trophies and thirty-six individual awards, including an impressive seventeen golds at this year’s Nantwich International Cheese Show

Devon’s Taw Valley Creamery was named the Champion UK Creamery, winning the coveted Isle of Man Creamery Award for its Waitrose Mild Cheddar. Its Double Gloucester was crowned champion, collecting the Chr Hansen Double Gloucester Cheese Trophy, and in total the Creamery took home nine gold awards, four silver awards and two bronze awards.

Tuxford & Tebbutt Creamery, based in Leicestershire, saw similar success, with its Blue Stilton winning the Frances Pawlett Trophy and its Shropshire Blue winning the Chr Hansen Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Blue Veined Cheese. Overall it scooped three golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Not to be outdone, Reece’s Creamery, in Cheshire, claimed the Farmhouse Cheesemakers Trophy for the Champion Farmhouse White Cheshire Cheese. In a number of speciality categories, including Caerphilly and Wensleydale, it collected three gold awards, one silver and three bronzes.

Lockerbie Creamery, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, won five awards, including gold for its Single Mild Cheddar Cheese. Meanwhile, the latest addition to Milk Link’s cheese offer, Cornish Country Larder won a gold for its Duchy Trevarrian Brie, made for Waitrose.

Commenting on Milk Link’s success, Chief Executive Neil Kennedy said: “I am extremely pleased that Milk Link has performed so well at Nantwich, the pinnacle of the cheese show season. To have so many of our creameries recognised at this year’s Show is a true testament to the exquisite taste and quality of our cheeses.

“This success would not have been possible without the talent, skill and dedication of our expert cheese makers and I wish to congratulate them on their well-earned success.”

Earlier this month, Milk Link also excelled at the Royal Welsh Show, winning seventeen awards, including gold awards for Taw Valley’s Mature Cheddar and Extra Mature Cheddar, Tuxford & Tebbutt’s Blue Stilton and Reece’s Caerphilly and Wensleydale cheeses. Tuxford and Tebbutt’s Blue Stilton was also declared this year’s President’s Preference.


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