Two Mainland cheeses have scooped silver awards at the prestigious International Cheese Awards 2017 in Nantwich, UK.
One of the most important events in the global cheese calendar, the International Cheese Awards attracted a record 5,685 entries in categories that ranged from traditional farmhouse to speciality Scandinavian. Cheeses from the smallest boutiques to the largest cheese brands in the world vied for top honours in the Awards, now in their 120th year of competition.
Mainland Vintage Cheddar claimed second place in the Vintage Cheddar Cheese Class (over 18 months), open to non-UK creameries. Mainland Noble Cheddar won silver for Best in New Zealand Cheese Class.
Established in 1897, the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich is the biggest cheese show in the world, attracting entries from 50 different countries, including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. As well as having the chance to sample and purchase the cheeses on display, visitors to the show enjoyed cheese-making demonstrations, celebrity cooking shows and other attractions.
Cheese Plant Manager Ross Burdett said, “Our team is really proud to receive the silver for ‘Best in New Zealand’ Cheese award. The Nantwich cheese awards are one of the most highly recognised awards in the global cheese industry so it’s really something special for the team. The award is also acknowledgement of the hard work and care they take to make consistently great cheeses across our product range”.
Cheesemaker Iain O’Donnell said, “Our team is delighted to be runner up for the Vintage Cheddar Cheese award. This is a cheese we are really proud of, and enjoy making, so it is great to be recognised globally for it. Credit also belongs to our Fonterra farmers, whose top-quality, grass-fed milk allows us to make top-quality cheese."