- Belton Farm's Cheshire scooped both the Supreme Champion and Westminster Cup accolades at this year's International Cheese Awards
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The dairy industry descended on Nantwich in Cheshire on Tuesday 24 July to take part in the annual celebration of the best cheesemakers and dairy producers from across the world. Around 300 experts and professionals tested a total of 5,183 entries over a period of five hours.
Justin Beckett, managing director of Belton Farm said of the win, “After the judges tasted over 5,000 cheese entries, being awarded the Supreme Champion is testament to our fantastic team of cheesemakers - who have over 100 years of experience between them -, the quality of the milk our dedicated group of local farmers supply us with and, above all, the commitment of all at Belton Farm to making great tasting British cheese.
“Being awarded the Supreme Champion for our traditionally-made coloured Cheshire cheese reflects our passion for producing great tasting cheese, and that here in Great Britain we have some of the very best cheese made anywhere in the world.”
Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to Arla Foods’ Lockerbie – the first time a reduced-fat Cheddar has featured among the main winners.
Overseas Supreme Champion went to Lustenberger und Durst, with Overseas Reserve Champion going to Clarke Gemini International for its Gorgonzola. Godfrey C. Williams & Son Ltd scooped the Independent Deli Cheese Retailer of the Year in the retailer category of the awards.
For a full list of class results and trophy winners, visit the International Cheese Awards website.