Northern Ireland’s Dale Farm, a Food NI member, was the only local success in the recent World Cheese Awards. Held at Trondheim in Norway, Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s biggest dairy business, was among over 4,000 cheeses entered in the global competition.
Dale Farm, best known for its Dromona range of cheddars, gained a bronze medal for its extra mature block. The award was the most recent for Dale Farm, which produces its cheddars at Dunmanbridge, near Cookstown, in international competitions.
The Northern Ireland company is among the biggest cheese processors in the United Kingdom, using milk from local farms to produce a wide range of successful cheddars.
Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the World Cheese Awards draws entries from up to 31 different countries each year.
Cheeses of all shapes and sizes make their way to the venue where cheese experts taste and grade over 3,000 in a single day – giving Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold awards to worthy entries.
A final judging panel then debate the top 16 cheeses in front of a trade and consumer audience before crowning the World Champion Cheese. This year’s winning cheese came from a dairy in Norway.