Carbery Group won a total of 17 awards at the world renowned 2016 International Cheese Awards which took place last week, in the market town of Nantwich, near Manchester.
Winning the DSM Trophy for the best Single Vintage Cheddar at the event marked a significant high point, underlining the company’s reputation as a producer of high quality cheeses. Winning three gold medal awards in the Vintage Cheese, Extra Mature Cheddar and Light Cheese categories was also particularly noteworthy.
The International Cheese Awards is the largest cheese show in the world and a highly competitive global event, attracting 5,000 entries from 27 different countries in 2016. Cheese-makers and retailers throughout the industry make a special effort to attend the show and appreciate the recognition achieved through winning a medal.
These latest wins for Carbery add to an already impressive number of accolades and awards achieved at various international events in recent years. The awards are a great boost for Carbery’s cheese facility in Ballineen, one of the largest cheese-producing facilities in Ireland. The plant produces almost 25% of Ireland’s annual cheddar cheese output, including products such as the Dubliner brand, cheddar, reduced fat cheeses and red Leicester.
Speaking of the recent wins, Dermot Curtin, Carbery Group Cheese Production Manager, said: ‘Last week’s wins affirm the high quality of the cheeses made at Ballineen. We place a huge importance on the flavour development of our cheese which is becoming more recognised. We were delighted to win a number of awards for recent new product launches, including a silver medal for our lactose-free cheddar, two bronze medals for the cracked black pepper cheddar, and a very highly commended accolade for our red chilli cheddar.
As one of Ireland’s leading producers of cheeses for the retail, ingredient and foodservice sectors, it is fantastic to see our cheeses being acknowledged by our peers.’