Dale Farm sweeps the ‘cheese board’ at Nantwich Awards

The Fivemiletown range won five gold awards, two silver and one bronze
The Fivemiletown range won five gold awards, two silver and one bronze

Northern Ireland’s largest dairy co-operative is enjoying the taste of success with 21 accolades at the biggest cheese exhibition in the world

Dale Farm has been rewarded once again for its outstanding cheese range, this time at the International Cheese Awards on Tuesday 26th July, held as part of the Nantwich Show.

Home to world renowned brands including Dale Farm, Dromona and Fivemiletown, the Northern Ireland dairy co-operative owned by 1,300 farmers and the largest in the UK, walked away with no less than 21 awards.

Now in its 119th year, the 2016 Nantwich Show saw two hundred expert judges sample and deliberate over a record-breaking 4,956 cheese entries.

With winners handpicked by the best in the industry, Dale Farm collected 21 awards including 10 gold, four silver awards, four bronze and three ‘Very Highly Commended’.

Cheese production more than doubled in the last year for Dale Farm, and the company was delighted to see its leading cheddar range recognised at Nantwich, with four products picking up Gold Awards.

Among the Gold winners were mature and mild Cheddars from Dromona, the number one locally produced cheese brand in Northern Ireland, made in Cookstown.

Another two products that came out on top were two own-brand products, pineapple cottage cheese and Sicilian lemon yogurt, sold by two of the UK’s leading retailers.

Following the recent re-launch of the company’s Fivemiletown range of cheeses, the firm was also pleased to see it pick up a phenomenal five Gold awards, two Silver awards and one bronze award.

“The Nantwich Show attracts cheese and dairy products of the highest standard, so to have received 21 awards across our range is a fantastic result for us and a testament to the excellence and quality of our entire product portfolio,” said commercial director Stephen Cameron.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of cheeses produced, and to continue to build on our success from 2015 with an additional ten awards is a huge achievement.

“Without the dedication and expertise of our cheesemakers, and milk from our 1,300 farmer owners, winning these awards just wouldn’t be possible.”