Carbery Group has once again achieved an array of honours at the world-renowned Nantwich International Cheese Awards, taking home 15 accolades. Carbery secured awards for a range of its cheeses, underlining its commitment to quality and innovation.
Carbery secured the following awards at the event:
3 Gold Awards for its Dubliner Vintage Ploughman Slices, its Medium Cheddar and Half Fat Cheese.
6 Silver Awards for Carbery Cracker Mature White Cheddar, Carbery Cracked Black Pepper, Lactose Free and Smokehouse variants; and its Half Fat and Italian Style Cheese.
1 Bronze Award for its Red Cheddar with Chillies.
5 Very Highly Commended Awards for Dubliner Lighter White, Carbery Cracker Mature Cheddar, Carbery Special Reserve, Reduced Fat Cheese and its Half Fat Cheese.
The International Cheese Awards attracted more than 40,000 visitors this year to Nantwich, where 300 judges sampled nearly 5,000 cheese entries across 500 categories, from more than 27 countries around the world. These awards are much coveted among cheese-makers and retailers, who see the awards as a real measure of quality cheese in the marketplace.
Speaking on Carbery’s success, Paul McGillicuddy, Commercial Director, Carbery Group said: “We are delighted to have secured 15 awards at this year’s Nantwich International Cheese Awards across a broad range of our products. In particular, winning such prestigious awards for our reduced fat cheeses highlights our focus and investment in this growing sector across both retail and B2B. We are also especially proud of the awards for our inclusion cheeses, which demonstrate how we are constantly challenging ourselves to innovate our offering, so our customers can in turn, bring a differentiated range to their consumers, either through food service or retail outlets.”
Added Jerry O’Sullivan, Carbery Group Cheese Production Manager; “These awards are a test testament to the high quality of our West Cork milk and the expertise of our team here at Carbery. We are very proud that we are being recognised at such a high level, as our reputation for quality is very important to our shareholders, milk suppliers and customer. It is also important for us, that our customers see that whether we are producing one of our own cheeses or cheese for one of our retail or foodservice partners, we maintain the very same commitment to quality, taste and innovation.”
These latest wins for Carbery add to an already impressive number of accolades and awards won for its cheese production at various international competitions, most recently at the 2019 British Cheese Awards, where Carbery won a prestigious Gold Award for its Dubliner Lighter White Cheese.
The Carbery cheese facility in Ballineen is one of the largest cheese-production facilities in Ireland, producing almost 25% of Ireland’s annual cheddar cheese output.