Fonterra NZMP has had its most successful year at the International Cheese and Dairy Awards, held annually in Nantwich, UK.
These awards are the pinnacle competition for cheese and dairy products, in which independent judges come together to assess thousands of cheeses from across the globe. NZMP took home a total of 15 awards across a range of cheese and butters from New Zealand and Australia.
Chief Operating Officer NZMP Kelvin Wickham says the awards recognise for all the hard work that goes into the process from grass to glass, to turn our farmers’ raw milk into quality dairy ingredients.
“The Awards are seen as very Europe-centric, which is considered the heartland of cheese for many of our customers and regions. To have won in this context really speaks to the quality of our products.
The International Cheese and Dairy Awards feature over 300 individual awards for dairy products, including categories that are only open to certain regions, such as UK-only entries.
Will Moore, Dairy Foods Sales Manager in Amsterdam, attended the awards ceremony on behalf of NZMP at Nantwich.
“The awards are very significant in the dairy industry, and with over 1,200 delegates and 250 judges it really felt like attending the cheese version of the Oscars.”
New Zealand’s standout gold winner from the awards was the Fonterra Hautapu NZMP Mature Organic Cheddar. With a larger number of Australian-only awards up for grabs, NZMP Australian cheeses did particularly well, taking home three gold awards.