2017 Key Sponsors

We would like to thank all the sponsors of the 2017 International Cheese Awards.

Below is a list of our key sponsors.


At AFEX, we have pioneered personalised foreign exchange since 1979, becoming one of today’s largest privately owned non-banking providers of global B2B payments and risk management solutions.

We are a trusted partner to more than 35,000 businesses and individuals worldwide, helping client’s process payments to more than 180 countries around the clock every day.

Our team of experts provides valuable support that inspires total confidence from our clients in the complex and often volatile world of foreign exchange.

AFEX’s online payment platform, AFEXDirect, provides clients with a comprehensive suite of tools to efficiently manage currency risks. AFEX also offers integrated payments solutions to automate mass global payments through its developer friendly API. AFEX maintains offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. To find out more, please visit www.afex.com.

We work with each company individually to understand their specific motivations and ensure they achieve the most profitable outcome for their business.


Arla Foods is a 100 per cent farmer owned cooperative, owned by 13,500 European dairy farmers, 2,800 of whom are British. Arla is proud to produce award-winning cheeses from British and Danish cheesemakers and farmers. Our rich variety of cheeses are produced with care at our creameries, which are devoted to preserving the heritage of fine cheesemaking. Some of our creameries have been established for over a hundred years and still use traditional methods that have been passed down through generations of passionate cheesemakers. Many tasks are still done by hand and others use the latest technology to bring you the highest-quality range of cheeses.

In the UK, Arla Foods is home to some of the country's leading dairy brands including Anchor, Castello, Lurpak and Cravendale. Not only is Arla the UK’s number one dairy company, by turnover and milk pool, it is the largest supplier of both butter and spreads and cheese in the country. The business has a yearly combined milk pool of circa 3.2 billion litres and a turnover of £2.2 billion.



Barber’s is the oldest Cheddar making business in the world still operating today. Founded in 1833 Barber’s is still based at the same farm less than 20 miles from the village of Cheddar itself. They continue to make cheddar using only west country milk, their own unique collection of traditional starter cultures, and the traditional methods that allow them to use the only PDO accreditation for Cheddar (West Country Farmhouse). Barber’s Cheddar is sold throughout the UK and to all market sectors and also exported to over 30 different countries.


Belton Farm

Based in the glorious Shropshire countryside, Belton has been producing award-winning cheese on the farm since the early 1800s.

Belton are passionate about the quality and consistency of their cheese which is produced using local farm assured milk, all of which comes from within a 25 mile radius of the dairy.

Belton’s progressive attitude, along with its long history of traditional cheesemaking, has earned it a number of high profile listings.

Customers include major retailers, independent retailers and a growing export market.



Derbyshire-based Bradburys has over 125 years’ experience in the cheese business, distributing British Regional, Speciality and Continentals. The company is also the largest UK importer of Dutch cheese.

Bradburys successful growth and development has been achieved through the winning combination of industry knowledge and experience, coupled with innovation to meet future customer eating trends and demands.


Cathedral City

One of the leading brands within the Dairy Crest portfolio, Cathedral City, is made at the Davidstow Creamery in Cornwall using a traditional West Country recipe. It is then matured for many months to develop its distinctive flavour.

Cathedral City has a longstanding relationship with the Show, and sponsors the highly-prized Cheese Lovers Trophy. A key award at the Show for the past 20 years, the trophy winner is chosen by a panel including a celebrity judge.


Cheeses From Switzerland (Le Gruyère)

Cheesemaking has been a tradition in Switzerland for hundreds of years and over 450 varieties of Swiss cheese are produced altogether. The Switzerland Cheese Marketing AG (SCM) is a non-profit organisation that offers its services in the field of marketing and communication to all the different parties involved in Swiss cheese.

With its subtle and sophisticated taste Le Gruyère AOC is much appreciated by connoisseurs around the world. Produced since at least 1115 in the region surrounding the small town of Gruyère, it is still made today in the village cheese factories according to the traditional recipe.


Cheshire East Council

The marquee that is home to the International Cheese Awards will now be renamed the Cheshire East Pavilion after the Council very kindly offered their sponsorship. This year the marquee has increased again by a further 10 metres making it the largest pavilion in the Awards history.

The pavilion will house the 2014 awards which are expected to attract over 4,500 entries from around the world and an expected 40,000 visitors.



Entremont was founded in 1948 by three brothers of the same name who, with business acumen and talent, foresaw the success of Emmental cheese from its origins in the Haute-Savoie region of France to the cheese platter of the masses around the world today. Almost 70 years later, this well known, dynamic brand is rolled out across four different markets: traditional hard cheese (Emmental, Comté, Gruyère…), cheese for convivial meals and parties with family and friends, grated cheese as a supplement to numerous culinary dishes and finally sliced cheese for snacking and sandwiches throughout the day. Entremont is proud to adhere to la Route Du Lait® a quality chartered milk route involving different stages from production to consumption whilst also paying full attention to environmental concerns, animal protection and health and safety issues.


Eurilait is the UK subsidiary of two leading French Cooperatives, Laita and Eurial and is one of the UK's major suppliers of quality and innovative speciality cheese and dairy products.

Located within the rural village of Evercreech in the heart of Somerset, Eurilait supplies retail, wholesale and food manufacturing markets throughout the UK and Ireland.

At Eurilait we pride ourselves in our flexible, professional approach, whilst offering the breadth of product range and quality that our customers have come to expect.


Isigny Sainte-Mere

The fame and fortune of Isigny Sainte-Mere was built on the unique flavour of its butter and the rich, silky texture of its crème fraiche. The Isigny milk gave rise to the mouth watering cheese board favourite Camembery, AOP Pont l’Eveque, Red Label Mimolette, Brie and Saint- Paulin as well as fromages frais and liquid and UHT creams.

At the same time, Isigny Sainte-Mere has developed innovative production methods for infant formula milks, instant full cream and skimmed powder milks. All these products are derived from the high quality milk collected by Isigny Sainte-Mere.


Joseph Heler

Located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, just south of Nantwich, lies the Joseph Heler family dairy - producers of award-winning handmade British cheese since 1957.

Although the company has grown over the years from its roots as a small farmhouse dairy, it is proud to still hold & protect the same values, traditions and cheese making principles that have served it so well through the ages.

The Heler dairy still produces all their cheese by hand on open tables in their traditional cheese rooms, and still uses only the finest local milk to make the cheese, all sourced from specially selected dairy farms within 40 miles of the dairy, including milk from the family’s own herd of pedigree cows.

Now a 3rd generation family business, managed by Mike & George Heler - son and grandson of the founder Joseph Heler – the dairy both produces and packs a wide range of cheese for the retail, foodservice and ingredients sectors, serving the UK and exported throughout the world.

Joseph Heler are sponsoring the 2017 Trade Day Lunch. 



Lactalis McLelland is the UK subsidiary of the World’s largest dairy group and family owned French business, Groupe Lactalis.
We are very proud to offer such a wide range of high-quality dairy products from cheese (cheddar, UK speciality, continental, Spreadable) to milk and butter.
We have a strong presence in the UK market with both global and local brands such as Seriously Strong cheddar, Président, Galbani, Galloway, Capricorn, Orkney…

Lactalis McLelland is delighted to be a Key Sponsor of the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich.

Muller UK

Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller. It employs around 12,000 people in a business which comprises two distinct business units: Müller Milk & Ingredients and Müller Yogurt & Desserts.

Based in Market Drayton, Müller Yogurt & Desserts is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, responsible for major brands such as Müller Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice. It also produces, at production facilities in Minsterley near Shrewsbury, chilled desserts under licence from Mondelez International. Müller Yogurt & Desserts also supplies the UK private label yogurt market from a state of the art yogurt facility in Telford, Shropshire.

Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country, producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, flavoured milk and brands including FRijj. It also has the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets, and operates the milk&more doorstep delivery service. Müller Milk & Ingredients (MMI) is continuing to invest in their £20m state-of-the-art butter plant in Market Drayton. This facility is the perfect example of how they will continue to displace imports and add value with products made in Britain, with cream from British farms.

The acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December 2015 marked a milestone in Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller’s global growth strategy and in particular its aspiration to place much more emphasis on end to end supply chain innovation, adding value to the UK dairy category.


Ornua Foods UK supplies over 40% of the UK’s retail cheese along with being the largest buyer of UK Cheese in the world. Bringing category knowledge and trading expertise to the fore, Ornua forms long-term partnerships with retailers to ensure mutual growth.

Based in Staffordshire, Ornua employs over 650 people in a state-of-the-art cheese cutting and packing plant which is regarded as one of the most efficient in the World.

Ornua owns Pilgrims Choice and Kerrygold, that have been established within the UK market for over 20 years. Pilgrims Choice is proudly the clear number two cheddar brand while Kerrygold maintains a key position in the BSM Category.

Ornua is excited to be a Key Sponsor at this year’s International Cheese Awards at Nantwich and has proudly sponsored the Irish Cheddar Class for over 20 Years. 


Tesco is proud to be an a Key Sponsor of the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich.


At Wipak UK, we’re proud to have been an integral partner to the British cheese industry for several decades, delivering innovative, sustainable, and leading edge offerings in both material performance and responsive customer service.

Part of the wider Wipak Group, we’ve cemented our position as market leaders in both the UK and Europe through continued investment in manufacturing capability, new product development, pack design, and the creation of an unprecedented service culture.

Barrier films are our business, all of which are enhanced by unique converting expertise and capability, so whatever your aspirations of presentation, convenience, protection and packing line performance are, we will have the solution.


Wyke Farms

Somerset-based Wyke Farms is one of only 20 farmhouse cheese makers in the Cheddar region, and all of its cheese is still made to the same award winning recipe developed in the early 1900s.

Its cheese is available nationwide in supermarkets, independent retailers and wholesale specialists – in over 25,000 stores. This makes Wyke Farms the largest family-owned cheese maker in the country, capable of producing over 20,000 tonnes annually.