Results Round-Up July 2017 – ICA2017 reaches record new heights and it’s a blue year for this year’s champions!

The International Cheese Awards at Nantwich is the biggest and best cheese show in the world, and what better way to celebrate our 120th year with a whole new set of records?

Thanks to overwhelming support and interest from the dairy community, we smashed our previous high of 5,000 entries with an incredible total of 5685 (up an amazing 13.5% from 2016) from over 50 different countries, including the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. That’s before we even mention the exhibitors from over 30 countries - we really are the International Cheese Awards!

Over 250 expert judges nobly began tasting and testing all those entries at 9am this morning, ably assisted by our brilliant stewards, before sitting down to eat with 1,366 dairy professionals (another record!) at the legendary Trade Day Lunch, sponsored this year by Joseph Heler. This year’s Supreme Champion and winner of the Westminster Cup for 2017 was then announced as Bradbury’s Cheese for their lovely blue Roquefort Papillon and Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to Arla Food’s Tuxford and Tebbutt for their blue Stilton.

Supreme Retailer for 2017 was presented to the retailer gaining most Gold Awards in the show and once again went to Waitrose, with the Bracknell-based supermarket picking up 24 Gold awards across all classes as well as winning Speciality Cheese Retailer of the year. Morrisons came in second with 18 golds, and also triumphed as Cheddar Cheese Retailer of the year. In the remaining individual retail awards, Tesco was awarded Healthy Cheese Retailer of the year and Marks and Spencer won Cheese Board Retailer of the year.

The British Cheese Board industry award was presented to Brenda Davies, recently retired from Arla Foods, and Young Person of the Year went to John Clarke, also of Arla Foods, for his important project on adding vitamin D to milk.

Well done to all our winners and those awarded well-deserved Golds, Silvers and Bronzes, and a huge thanks to everyone who entered and made the show the biggest yet. For a full list of class results and trophy winners, please visit the International Cheese Awards website and click on the link halfway down the home page.