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First Milk doubles its award haul at this year’s British Cheese Awards


First Milk, the UK's only major dairy company 100% owned by British farmers, is celebrating after winning over double the number of awards at this year’s British Cheese Awards compared to last year.

A total of seven awards including three Golds, three Silver and one Bronze far surpasses last year’s tally of one Silver and one Bronze.

First Milk’s Haverfordwest Creamery did exceptionally well, taking out six awards across a range of its cheeses. The Creamery’s Welsh Vintage Cheddar won a Gold and a Silver, with its Double Gloucester also coming top with a Gold award. The Welsh Extra Mature Cheddar gained two Silver awards and the Mature Reduced Fat Cheese sealing a Bronze.

First Milk’s Lake District Creamery, in Aspatria, saw success in its class, taking Gold for its ever-popular English Vintage Cheddar.

These awards, held at this week’s Royal Bath and West Show, are particularly impressive having been won at a Show renowned for its tough judging. Awards are not a given; judges don’t simply look for a first, second and third in each class. Awards are only granted if judged to be outstanding examples of the class entered. It’s not unusual for Golds in particular to go unawarded.

“These results are very encouraging and testimony to the continuing high quality of our cheese. They give us a strong platform on which to build through the upcoming show season,” said Jack Eade, First Milk’s Customer Quality Manager.