Pembrokeshire Cheese Wins Gold at Royal Highland Show


Cheddar cheese from First Milk's Haverfordwest creamery has won a top prize at the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. The Pembrokeshire site managed to beat other creameries across the UK to win gold for its Mature Cheddar.

The win completes a hat-trick of show successes in 2007 for the Welsh creamery. Earlier this year, the Medium and Mild cheddars both picked up gold prizes at the World Cheese Awards while more recently, both the Mature Cheddar and Double Gloucester lifted gold at the Cheshire Show.

Paul Rowe, general manager at the Haverfordwest creamery, commented: "We are extremely proud of the cheese we produce here at Haverfordwest and I'm delighted that we beat off stiff competition from across the UK to pick up the gold prize for our Mature Cheddar. It's the second prize we've lifted so far this year for our Mature Cheddar so we are clearly gaining an excellent reputation around the country for producing top-quality cheese."

Cheeses from the creamery also won silver awards in the Mild Cheddar and Red Leicester categories while Mild Cheddar, Extra Mature Cheddar and Organic Cheddar picked up bronze awards.

Notes for editors
The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh ran from 21 – 24 June 2007.
First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK with a turnover of £500 million. 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.

The First Milk Cheese Company is the largest UK-based cheese supplier with a 35% share of the cheddar market. It was formed in October 2006 following First Milk's acquisition of Dairy Crest's private label cheese processing business and has creameries in Cumbria, Haverfordwest in Wales and on the Isles of Bute and Arran, and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

As well as producing Scottish Pride cheddar, the company manufactures and markets award-winning branded cheeses from the Scottish Highlands and Islands under the brands of Isle of Arran, Isle of Bute and Mull of Kintyre. The First Milk Cheese Company also supplies own label cheese to leading multiple retailers.

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