Kilmeaden brand cheddars take home top prizes from International Cheese Awards

Tuesday 01st August 2017
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) cheese representatives returned to Ireland victorious having scooped numerous awards and commendations at this year’s International Cheese Awards at Nantwich.

On its 120th anniversary, the world’s biggest and best cheese show smashed its entry record with 5,685 entries from over 50 countries including representation from the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 250 expert judges tasted and tested the competing cheeses across a number of categories and classes. Glanbia Ingredients Ireland has a successful history at the International Cheese Awards and this year proved no different with the following wins:

• Kilmeaden Brand Fully Mature Cheddar – Outright Winner - The Tetra Pak Tebel Award for Best Extra Mature Cheddar
• Kilmeaden Brand Fully Mature Cheddar – Gold - Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese White or Coloured Non-UK Creameries
• Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Mild Cheddar - Silver - Mild Cheddar Cheese White or Coloured Non-UK Creameries

In addition, GII received three ‘Very Highly Commended’ recognitions in three Mature and Irish cheddar classes.

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland has over 40 years’ experience developing award-winning cheese for international retail and ingredients markets. Much of its success can be attributed to the outstanding quality of its milk, produced from grass-fed herds that graze up to 300 days a year on family farms across Ireland’s lush grasslands.

Speaking after the awards, Nicola O’Connell, GII Head of Marketing said,

“These international awards are further recognition of GII’s long history of superior cheese making. Over several decades we’ve crafted our skills to deliver customer-driven maturity and body and flavour profiles for use in table cheddar, processed cheese systems and as a food ingredient. With the recent launch of our fully upgraded Wexford cheese plant and the introduction of our Truly Grass Fed™ brand of premium ingredients we’re confident of a bright future for GII’s cheese business.”