Lake District Crowned Champion Cheese at the Royal Highland Show

The Lake District Cheese Co has lifted a clutch of prizes at this year's prestigious Royal Highland Show, including the coveted Champion Cheese title.
The Extra Mature Cheddar, created at The Lake District Creamery and owned by First Milk, beat off stiff competition to lift the show's top cheese prize.  The Lake District Cheese Co also scooped a gold award for its Extra Mature, the Best Non-Scottish Cheese exhibit title and silver for its Mature Cheddar.

This success – in one of the main cheese show awards of the 2010 season - further underlines the rise of The Lake District Cheese Co brand.  Launched less than three years ago, the brand has UK-wide distribution across all major retailers and is the fifth best selling cheese brand in the country.

Last year, The Lake District Cheese Co was crowned Best UK Cheddar above more than 300 other Cheddars at the International Cheese Awards, the largest cheese show in the world.

First Milk's sales and marketing director, Richard Hollingdale, said the creamery team was absolutely delighted to win the top title.

"Winning the Champion Cheese award at one of the country's most high profile shows underlines our reputation as a producer of award-winning Cheddar.  Our talented cheese makers are creating superb quality Cheddar with milk produced by our own local farmers, right on the doorstep of our creamery."

25 June 2010


Notes to Editors
First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK with members' farms stretching from Central Scotland to the South of England and from West Wales to East Anglia. The business handles approximately 1.6 billion litres of milk per annum from 2500 producers, which is used in the liquid and dairy ingredients markets, as well as to supply First Milk's four creameries.

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