Employees at the Lake District Creamery are celebrating another clutch of awards at this year's cheese shows.
The creamery lifted gold in both the truckle and the Mature white cheddar categories at the prestigious Royal Welsh Show, as well as also picking up a silver in the truckle category and a bronze in the Mild white cheddar section.
The four Welsh awards topped off a great ten days for the creamery after the cheddar had won two bronze awards at the Great Yorkshire Show.
The creamery, which is owned by First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned co-operative, is enjoying a bumper year for awards. The team has already scooped a gold, five silvers and a bronze at the Royal Highland Show; three silvers and a bronze at the Cheshire Show and a silver at the Devon County Show, bringing their tally for the year so far to 18 awards.
The Lake District Cheese Company brand is riding high at present. The creamery recently announced that they had sold three million packs of the award-winning cheddar since its launch 18 months ago – and it is presently the fifth best selling cheese brand in the UK.
Creamery manager, Andrew Pearson, said his team was absolutely delighted at the show success. "It is great for the reputation of the Lake District Creamery to be known as a producer of award-winning cheddar. Existing and potential customers take notice of who is winning the big prizes, so it is important for the profile of our brand to be successful at these shows."
The Lake District Creamery, which employs 81 staff, is in the heart of an important producer area for First Milk. "We have 350 dairy farmers in Cumbria so it is a very tight-knit area. They are delighted their local creamery which is right on their doorstep, is producing a high profile brand of award-winning cheddar and putting Cumbria firmly on the map as the leading dairy county.
"Regional provenance is important to consumers who want to know where their cheese is coming from – and that they are also supporting local farmers," added Mr Pearson.
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