The Wensleydale Creamery is celebrating after a successful time at the International Cheese Awards held at the 2014 Nantwich Show. The famous cheesemakers scooped a number of award wins, including a gold accolade for its famous Yorkshire Wensleydale; and the Ted Hassall Memorial Trophy for the Champion Traditional Farmhouse Cheese, with its Traditional Red Leicester.
The Creamery, based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, picked up 5 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze accolades at the awards, which this year received a record number of 4,443 cheese entries from 26 countries around the globe.
Norman McCallum, cheese industry veteran of 30 years and cheese grader at The Wensleydale Creamery, also won the prestigious Nantwich Show Cheese Industry Award. Norman, described as having Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese running through his veins, received the award for making an outstanding contribution to the British cheese industry.
David Hartley, Managing Director at The Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We’re delighted to have topped off a fantastic day at the world’s biggest cheese show with such commendable awards.
“We’re immensely proud of our Yorkshire heritage, and it’s fantastic to be recognised against such prestigious cheesemakers worldwide.
“Norman’s award is truly deserved. His keen eye for quality and his outstanding passion for the Creamery and its cheese has helped to ensure our continued growth. We’re extremely thankful to Norman and, of course, the rest of our dedicated team.”
The Wensleydale Creamery prides itself on using traditional methods to handcraft cheese to time-honoured recipes, using milk from local farms to supply a broad range of customers including major multiple retailers, exporters, wholesalers and the food service sector. The Creamery also recently celebrated continued international growth, confirming export deals to Singapore and Kuwait.