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National Awards haul for Mr Moyden’s handmade cheese

12 October 2012

Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese says it is fast becoming one of the country’s leading artisan cheesemakers with recent accolades adding gusto to an already bright future.

Martin Moyden, along with his wife Beth, produce six artisan cheeses from their cheesemaking facility at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury. The superior quality and flavour of these products has ranked them in The Grocer’s Top 20 Regional British Cheeses and scooped them three awards at this year’s British Cheese Awards.

The couple won two Gold Awards and a Bronze at the British Cheese Awards which took place in Cardiff at the end of last month (21-23 September). More than 900 cheeses were entered across the categories from 187 British cheesemakers.

Mr Moyden’s Newport Cheese was awarded Gold in the Modern British category where there were 122 entries, their Wrekin Blue also scooped Gold in the Blue Cheese category where there were 82 entries and their new Caer Caradoc was awarded with a Bronze in the New Cheese category which received 96 entries.

Adding to this success Mr Moyden’s Wrekin White was also ranked in the top 20 regional cheeses by The Grocer, the leading authority in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market which includes food and drink, making this national recognition an outstanding achievement.

The Grocer said: “We found a real gem with this cheese. The raw cows milk in Wrekin White gives it a nice tang and we loved the idea of a Roman-inspired yet locally produced cheese.”

Martin Moyden said: “We are thrilled to receive these awards as we have put an exceptional amount of work in to grow our business and improve our recipes over the last 12 months. It’s great when hard work pays off!”

Martin began the business in 2005 at the family dairy farm in Newport, Shropshire and became a member of food group HEART of ENGLAND fine foods (HEFF). Customer demand for Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese meant Martin outgrew the facilities on the farm so moved to a state of the art food production facility at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre so he could continue to grow the business.

As growth continued they employed assistant creamery manager Alexandria Croft last year. Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese can be found in a wide range of local farm shops and delis as well as some of the region’s top restaurants.

Martin added: “It’s important to keep the business moving forward, we’re very keen on developing new products and paying attention to what flavours and styles the market and customers are leaning towards. Last year, as well as the Caer Caradoc, we launched the Ironbridge Blue and a salted and unsalted butter and we’re now working on developing a brie-style soft cheese.”

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