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First Milk ends the 2019 Cheese Show season with more record-breaking success


The 2019 show season has finished on a high for First Milk.

The UK's only major dairy company 100% owned by British farmers walked away with 23 awards at yesterday’s Global Cheese Awards, taking its 2019 tally to an eye-watering 71.

Last year’s previous record of 41 awards across the five major Shows entered has been well and truly smashed, bagging an additional 30 awards this season.

This latest haul came at the Global Cheese Awards, one of the industry’s oldest events, running for over 150 years. Held in Somerset, the home of Cheddar, First Milk is particularly proud to see so many of its Cheddar varieties recognised in the awards.

The highest award was gained by the Haverfordwest Creamery for its Welsh Vintage Cheddar winning Champion UK & Irish Cheddar. The much-acclaimed cheese also won Gold in the Best Welsh Cheddar and Best Welsh Cheese of any variety classes. Together with the creamery’s other Cheddars and its Red Leicester, seven gold, five silver and two bronze awards are heading back to South Wales.

First Milk’s Lake District Creamery in Aspatria also saw success securing Gold with its Extra Mature Cheddar for Best English Cheese and Gold with its Mild Cheddar in the Open class. The creamery gained awards across five Cheddar varieties, taking home two Gold, one Silver and five Bronze.

As in other major cheese competitions, awards are only granted if judged to be outstanding examples of the class entered. Judges do not automatically award a Gold, Silver and Bronze in every class.

“This is a fantastic end to a brilliant show season. To see such impressive results consistently throughout the year is testament to our exceptional creamery staff and the quality milk provided by First Milk’s farmer members,” said Jack Eade, First Milk’s Customer Quality Manager.