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First Milk celebrates regional triple crown at the International Cheese Awards


First Milk, the UK's only major dairy company 100% owned by British farmers, is celebrating after winning the English, Scottish and Welsh regional titles at this year’s International Cheese Awards, as well as taking home a record number of awards and trophies.

First Milk’s Haverfordwest Creamery was the biggest winner of the day - bringing 10 prestigious cheese awards and four trophies back to West Wales. 


The Creamery’s Extra Mature Cheddar scooped both a Gold in its category and the South Caernarfon Trophy for best Welsh cheese-in-show of any variety.  Coloured Mature Cheddar won a Gold award as well as the Co-op food award for Best Mature Cheddar.


Haverfordwest’s Red Leicester cheese was the star of the show - winning a Gold award in its category, as well as the Champion Red Leicester Trophy and the John Beckett Perpetual trophy for Champion Creamery Block Territorial Cheese.


First Milk’s Lake District Creamery, based in Aspatria, also came away winners after its Extra Mature Cheddar was awarded a Gold in its class, and the coveted Best English Cheese-in-show award.  The creamery also won a Gold award for its Naturally Smoked Cheddar, and the same cheese received the John Davidge Perpetual Trophy for Best Smoked Cheese-in-show.


And it didn’t stop there, the company’s Campbeltown Creamery was awarded a Gold in its class, as well as the prestigious accolade of Best Scottish Cheese-in-show of any variety for its Extra Mature Cheddar. 

Around 300 experts and professionals from the dairy world judged a total of 5,183 entries in just five hours at the Nantwich Show in Cheshire, on Tuesday 24 July.

Speaking about the awards, First Milk CEO, Shelagh Hancock, said:

“The International Cheese Awards are a celebration of the very best cheesemakers and dairy producers from around the world. With thousands of entries only the very best cheese in each category receives an honour, so for First Milk to come away with so many awards is an exceptional achievement, and an endorsement of the high quality cheese being produced at our creameries.”