Pembrokeshire Cheese Company Wins Silver Double at The Royal Highland Show

Employees at the Haverfordwest Creamery are celebrating two silver awards for their Pembrokeshire Cheese Company cheddar from this year's prestigious Royal Highland Show.

The creamery, which is owned by First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned co-operative, also scooped three bronze awards at the show.

Creamery manager, Vic Clarke, said his team was absolutely delighted at the success. "Cheese shows are the shop window for our products and we know existing and potential customers take notice of who's winning the big prizes so it is great for our reputation to be known as a producer of award-winning cheese."

The creamery had already kicked off a successful 2009 cheese show season, winning two silvers and a bronze at the Bath & West Show last month.

The Haverfordwest Creamery, which employs 68 staff, is in the heart of an important producer area for First Milk.  "We have some 300 producers within a 35 mile radius of the creamery so it is a very tight-knit area.  Our members are delighted that they own their own creamery which is right on their doorstep and produces 100% Welsh cheddar using only 100% Welsh milk."

As well as creating the award-winning Pembrokeshire Cheese Company cheddar, the creamery also supplies a number of the key retailers in the UK with private label cheese.

"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 Clarke.

"Buying the Pembrokeshire Cheese Company brand means that consumers can trust they are buying 100% Welsh cheddar made from local Welsh milk."

Note to Editors
First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK.  Its members' farms stretch from Central Scotland to the South of England and from West Wales to East Anglia. The business has three divisions: Milk Operations; Cheese and Ingredients. Milk Operations handles approximately 1.8 billion litres of milk per annum from 2500 producers.  The milk is supplied to First Milk's cheese business and to many of the leading names in the industry.

For more information, contact Jill Coyle, First Milk  - 07825 625205