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Glanbia Ireland sweeps the boards at International Cheese Awards

10 June 2020
Ingredients News

Top-quality cheddar produced by Glanbia Ireland won 18 awards, including four trophies, at the prestigious 2019 Nantwich International Cheese Show in the UK, which attracted more than 5,000 entries from all over the world.

Well-known household brand Kilmeaden Cheddar saw off stiff competition at the show in Cheshire to land the prestigious Kerrygold Cup for the Best Irish Cheddar.

Other trophies awarded were for Best Vintage Cheddar, Best Overseas Cheddar and Best Mild Cheddar.

Gerry Warren, Glanbia Ireland Cheese Grader

The judges found that the texture and flavour of our cheddar really stood out which is down to the quality of the milk from our dedicated dairy farmers.

In addition, top-quality cheddar produced in the facilities at Rocklands, Wexford and Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny landed a number of other accolades.

Six gold medals were awarded to the entries which included the well-known Wexford Mature Cheddar, Wexford Mild White and Kilmeaden Cheddar. The mix of cheddars ranging from vintage to mild also won four silver medals, three bronze and one highly commended.

Gerry Warren, Glanbia Ireland Cheese Grader, said: “We are delighted to have achieved such a strong performance at the Nantwich International Cheese Show 2019. We were up against stiff competition from both Irish and UK cheddar producers.

“We continue to strive every day for excellence and our talented teams in both Wexford and in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny take pride in attention to detail to ensure that we deliver top-quality cheddar for our valued customers.”

The production facility at Rocklands, just outside Wexford town, has undergone a €35m investment, supported by Enterprise Ireland, which has doubled peak capacity at the plant.