Rothesay Cheese Wins Reserve Champion at Royal Highland Show


Cheddar cheese from First Milk's Rothesay creamery has lifted a top prize at the prestigious Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. The island creamery managed to beat other cheeses from around the UK to win Reserve Champion for its Mature Traditional Cheddar.

Having won gold in the Mature Traditional Cheddar category, Rothesay was up against stiff opposition to lift the sought-after champion prize and were delighted when the cheese was awarded Reserve Champion.

John Miller, general manager at the Rothesay creamery, commented: "We are extremely proud of the cheese we produce here at Rothesay and I'm thrilled that we beat off competition from across the UK to lift the gold prize for our Mature Traditional Cheddar and the Reserve Champion title. This is our first big win of the year and we're confident we will go on to further success in cheese shows around the country throughout the summer."

As well as the gold and Reserve Champion awards, the Rothesay creamery also picked up a bronze in the Extra Mature Cheddar category.

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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