The UK’s largest farmer-owned dairy cooperative, Dale Farm, has been recognised for its “world-class” quality cheese, having secured 12 awards at the International Cheese Show at Nantwich this week.

Dubbed the ‘largest cheese show in the world’, the event celebrates its 120-year anniversary this year. The competition plays host to cheesemakers and dairy producers from all around the world.

Organisers of the show promise to showcase “every type of cheese” and something to suit everyone’s tastes.

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Finding a winner was no easy feat; more than 250 expert judges sampled the 5,000 entries at this year’s Nantwich Show to find the “creme de la creme” of leading cheesemakers and dairy producers.

Amongst Dale Farm’s haul of accolades included three gold, three silver and six bronze awards. Pride of place included Dromona Mature Cheddar, which received a gold award on the day.

Dale farm products are advertised under the Dale Farm, Dromona and Fivemiletown brands in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The award-winning product is also sold under the name Rowan Glen in Scotland.

Produce from the firm can also be found in many major retailers under the Dale Farm own-brand range.

The company produces 45,000t of Cheddar a year at its plant in Cookstown, County Tyrone, using milk supplied by its network of dairy farmer owners.

Dale Farm

Stephen Cameron, group commercial director at Dale Farm, said: “We are always extremely proud to be recognised by the dairy industry for our product excellence.

Awards such as those received at Nantwich reinforce the quality of the milk supplied to us by our dairy farmers and act as testament to the expertise of our cheesemakers.

“It is also proof to our customers and consumers that Dale Farm cheese is amongst the best in the world.”