Results Are In: A Record-Breaking Year for the International Cheese Awards

We knew that this year’s show was going to be a pretty spectacular affair, but it exceeded all our wildest dreams by breaking a whole string of records. In total, we received an astonishing 4,615 entries (a 3.5% increase on last year’s all-time high), from 274 exhibitors (13.5 % up on last year) based in 31 different countries.

After a hard morning’s tasting and deliberation by our 200 expert judges, the Supreme Champion UK of the International Cheese Awards 2015 was announced as Greenfields Dairy for their lovely Lancashire cheese. Reserve Supreme Champion UK was awarded to last year’s winner Colston Bassett for their delicious Stilton. Our overseas winners were also worthy of their triumphs, with a tasty Manchego from Bradburys Cheese emerging as Reserve Supreme Champion Overseas and a Dutch entry from E.M. Treur en Zn. BV as the Supreme Champion.

Supreme Retailer for 2015 was once again awarded to Waitrose - this award is for the retailer gaining most Gold Awards in the show, with Bracknell based Waitrose walking away with 26 Gold awards from 77 classes. Tesco came in second with 18 golds. Meanwhile, Asda picked up Retail Awards for Cheddar Cheese and Healthy Cheese Retailer of the year, with Co-Op awarded Speciality Cheese Retailer of the year and Morrisons winning Cheese Board Retailer of the year.

Last but not least, the British Cheese Board industry award deservedly went to Nigel White for his sterling contribution to so many areas of the dairy world, from the Milk Marketing Board in the 1970s to his recent work as secretary of the British Cheese Board.

For a full list of class results and trophy winners, please visit our website at http://www.internationalcheeseawards.co.uk/ and click on the links halfway down the home page.