Results Round-Up July 2018 – Belton Farm Scoop Supreme Champion for their Cheshire Cheese at ICA2018

This year’s judging, trade and press day at the world’s biggest and best cheese awards has proved to be another memorable day. 

Once again, anyone who’s anyone in the dairy industry descended on Nantwich in Cheshire to take part in our annual celebration of the very best cheesemakers and dairy producers from across the world.

Around 300 experts and professionals from the dairy world donned their white coats and began testing the thousands of entries at 9am, a process that takes most of the morning and wouldn’t be possible without the help of our brilliant stewards. A total of 5,183 entries were judged over a period of five hours, with the Supreme Champion decided on at 1.34pm – our earliest ever decision! The results of all that deliberation were announced at the end of the Trade Day Lunch, once again sponsored by Joseph Heler, and attended by dairy professionals from all over the world. This year’s Supreme Champion and winner of the Westminster Cup for 2018 was Belton Farm for their Cheshire, and Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to Arla Foods Lockerbie – the first time a reduced fat Cheddar has featured amongst the big winners. Overseas Supreme Champion went to Lustenberger und Durst, with Overseas Reserve Champion going to Clark Gemini International for their Gorgonzola. 

Supreme Retailer for 2018 was presented to the retailer gaining most Gold Awards in the show, and this year went to Morrisons for an amazing 29 Golds in the 96 retail classes. Runners-up were Waitrose with 25 and Booths with 17. In the individual retail awards, Waitrose and Tesco were the big winners with three each, with the full results as follows:

Cheddar Cheese Retailer of the Year: Tesco

Healthy Cheese Retailer of the Year: Tesco

Innovative Cheese Retailer of the Year: Tesco

Blue Cheese Retailer of the Year: Waitrose

Continental Cheese Retailer of the Year: Waitrose

Deli Cheese Retailer of the Year: Waitrose

Artisan Cheese Retailer of the Year: Co-Op

Convenience Cheese Retailer of the Year: Co-Op

British Regional Cheese Retailer of the Year: Morrisons

Online Cheese Retailer of the Year: Ocado

Independent Deli Cheese Retailer of the Year: Godfrey C. Williams and Son Ltd.


The British Cheese Board Achievement Award was presented to Norman Ruby in recognition for his 39 years in the cheese industry. 


Congratulations to all our winners and all those well-deserved Golds, Silvers and Bronzes, and a huge thanks to everyone who entered as well as those who gave their time and expertise to judge. 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.