roquefort_aoc_societe_cave_saveur_150g_vue_haut_lsYear on year the renowned Nantwich International Cheese Festival brings great success for Lactalis McLelland and this year’s show (27/28 July) was no exception. The mantelpiece at Lactalis McLelland’s HQ is showcasing a new set of awards, as it celebrates scooping three trophies, 19 medals (eight of which were gold), as well as the accolade for the Best Retailer Speciality Cheese for its Somerset Goats Cheese.

The prestigious annual show proved to be as competitive as previous years, with more than 3,200 different cheeses being tasted by 100 cheese specialists. A mixture of both Cheddar and continental varieties from over 24 countries were entered and Lactalis McLelland saw off stiff competition to claim the number one accolade across a variety of different categories such as ‘The Best UK Creamery Butter’ and ‘The Best Soft French Cheese’.

“Winning an award at Nantwich is a real recognition of our cheese expertise, and we are very proud to have received so many accolades at this year’s show”, says Martin Rickenback, Group Marketing Director. “We work hard at Lactalis McLelland to ensure that we produce high quality, great tasting premium cheese and butters and endeavor year on year to prove ourselves as leaders in this highly competitive market.”

The ‘Best Trophies’ were awarded to the following Lactalis McLelland cheese and butters:

• Best Butter Trophy for Président Slightly Salted Block

• Best Ewes Milk Trophy awarded to both Ossau Iraty and Lou Perac

• Best Vegetarian Cheese Trophy for Somerset Rustic

The following cheeses from Lactalis McLelland were awarded gold medals at the Awards:

Président Slightly Salted Block was awarded the accolade for the ‘Best UK Creamery Butter’

Société Roquefort received the number one accolade in the ‘Best Soft French Cheese’ category

Société Cream Pot was awarded the number one ‘Processed Cheese Spread’ accolade

Istara Ossau Iraty was awarded two separate accolades – the ‘Best Hard French Cheese’ and the ‘Single Sheep Milk Hard Pressed’

Le Chatelain Camembert received the number one accolade in the ‘Single Soft or Cream Cheese without Additives’ category

Lubborn Somerset Rustic was awarded the ‘Single Vegetarian Soft Cheese (UK only)’ accolade

Lou Perac Perail received the ‘Single Sheep Milk Cheese (non hard pressed)’ award

Silver medals awarded to the following cheeses across various other categories:

• Seriously® Strong Vintage

• Président Brie Portions

• Galbani Mascarpone

• Capricorn Goats Cheese

• Société Roquefort Baragnaudes

• Petit Pont L’Evegue AOC Langetot

Bronze medals awarded to the following cheese and butters across various other categories:

• Président Slightly Salted Softer

• Président Emmental Slices

• Société Roquefort Abielle

• Galbani Dolcelatte®

• Capricorn Goats Cheese

Lactalis McLelland

Tel: 01737 783300

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