First Milk cheese named Supreme Champion at Global Cheese Awards

21 September 2022

Building on unequalled success at major cheese awards earlier in the year, First Milk has now gone even further by taking top honours at the 2022 Global Cheese Awards.

The British-owned dairy co-operative’s Welsh Vintage Cheddar from its creamery in Haverfordwest was crowned Supreme Champion.

The Global Cheese Awards is one of the oldest and most highly respected industry events dating back over 160 years. At last week’s event, First Milk’s Customer Quality Manager Jack Eade (pictured right) received the Supreme Champion trophy from the Frome & District Agricultural Society’s President, the Rt Hon David Heath CBE.

Commenting on winning the prestigious award, Jack said: “It doesn’t get much better than this and clearly demonstrates the high quality of cheese we are delivering to our customers. There are so many artisan producers these days, for a creamery block Cheddar to take the top award at a major cheese show is extremely rare. It is an outstanding product.”

First Milk also won three ‘Best of Category’ trophies and 28 class awards across its full spectrum of cheeses produced by its creameries in Haverfordwest and the Lake District.

Judging is carried out in the traditional style with just one gold, silver and bronze awarded in each class. Within its class award successes, First Milk secured 14 golds, six silvers and eight bronzes, taking more than one award in a single class on several occasions.

Alongside the achievements of First Milk’s full range of Cheddar varieties, its award-winning Double Gloucester and Red Leicester also took gold awards.


Full list of awards:


  • Global Cheese Awards Supreme Champion Cheese (Vintage Cheddar)
  • Best Welsh Cheddar of any variety (Vintage Cheddar)
  • Best Reduced Fat Cheese (Reduced fat Mature Cheddar)
  • Best Vegetarian Cheese of any variety (Extra Mature Cheddar)


  • Welsh Cheddar (Vintage Cheddar)
  • Welsh Cheese of any variety (Extra Mature Cheddar)
  • Mild Cheddar – Coloured
  • Mature Cheddar – Coloured
  • Extra Mature Cheddar – Coloured
  • Vintage Cheddar
  • Medium Cheddar – Open
  • Vegetarian Cheese (Extra Mature Cheddar)
  • English Cheese (Extra Mature Cheddar)
  • Medium Cheddar
  • Mild Cheddar – Open
  • Reduced Fat Mature
  • Double Gloucester
  • Red Leicester


  • Welsh Cheddar (Extra Mature Cheddar)
  • Welsh Cheese (Vintage Cheddar)
  • Extra Mature Cheddar – White
  • Mild Cheddar – White
  • English Cheese (Vintage Cheddar)
  • Aged Double Gloucester


  • Medium Cheddar
  • Mild Cheddar – Open
  • Vintage Cheddar
  • Vegetarian Cheese (Mature Cheddar)
  • Mild Cheddar – White
  • Mature Cheddar – White
  • Extra Mature Cheddar – White
  • Medium Cheddar – Open

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