Cheesy champions

Congratulations to Long Clawson Dairy, which won the Supreme Champion Cheese award for its Shropshire Blue, at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards in Stafford, UK. No doubt well deserved, and FrieslandCampina’s Arina Matured was no doubt a worthy reserve champion. The show has now been going on for 125 years, having begun in Nantwich in 1897.

“This year has built on the success of last year’s show, with more entries across the categories and the continued development of the trade day as we welcomed exhibitors and visitors from around the world,” notes the organisers.

Meanwhile, Belton Farm’s Justin Beckett scooped Dairy UK’s annual Cheese Industry Award at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards (ICDA) 2022 in recognition of his dedication to British cheese making. He received his award at the industry trade luncheon held on the Thursday.

Beckett received the award for his industry leadership and work championing British cheeses, and successes in driving forward the sales of the UK’s territorials. He has occupied a number of industry roles, including being chair of the British Cheese Board and the Dairy UK Cheese Group, and as director of Farmhouse Cheesemakers. He was also a driver in the Milk Development Council-funded promotional campaign, to rejuvenate interest in and sales of Cheshire cheese.

Ian Luxton, chairman of the ICDA says, “The International Cheese and Dairy Awards are thrilled that the Dairy UK Industry Award for 2022 has been presented to Justin Beckett. Justin has been a wonderful ambassador representing the cheese industry in a number of roles over many years and is a worthy recipient this year.”

The Love Cheese Live consumer event has followed the trade day as it has for many years, and we will have a full report from Jenny Deeprose in our next issue of Dairy Industries International.

In 2023, the event will return to he Staffordshire Show Ground on 30 June, and will again be followed by the consumer event, Love Cheese Live, on 1-2 July 2023.

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