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Milk Link, the UK's largest cheese manufacturer and leading dairy cooperative, has won an outstanding 48 awards at the prestigious Nantwich International Cheese Show.

Leading the roll of honour was Milk Link's Lockerbie Creamery, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland which was awarded the Reserve Supreme Champion (UK) trophy for its Mature Cheddar and the Danisco Trophy for Best Vegetarian Cheddar.

In addition to Lockerbie's gold, a further ten top prizes were won by Milk Link's creameries at the show: Taw Valley Creamery, in North Tawton, Devon, won five including the DSM Trophy for Best Single Vintage Cheddar; The Christian Hansen Trophy for its Double Gloucester; the Cryovac Award for Best Cheese with Health Benefits; and further gold awards for its Red Leicester and Organic Cheddar. Reece's Creamery in Malpas, Cheshire, won the Daresbury Cup in the Champion Farmhouse Coloured Cheshire, and two golds for its traditional Caerphilly and Cheshire cheeses; and Tuxford & Tebbutt Creamery in Leicestershire won the Cooper Thornhill Trophy for Best Vegetarian Cheese and a further gold award for its mature Blue Stilton.

Milk Link went on to win a further five silver prizes, 22 bronze prizes and 10 very highly commended awards. The company's Organic Cheddar was a particular hit with the judges, winning awards across the spectrum--a gold, silver and bronze award.

Milk Link has also achieved an exceptional set of awards at this year's Royal Welsh Show, with each of its Creameries picking up at least one gold prize and Tuxford & Tebbutt Creamery in Leicestershire, scooping Supreme Champion (M&S Champion) for its blue Stilton. This is the second year in a row that Milk Link has won the prestigious Supreme Champion award.

19 awards were won in total, an impressive seven of which were gold. Milk Link's newly acquired Llandyrnog Creamery, in Denbighshire, Wales had its first Royal Welsh Show with Milk Link since the acquisition and proved a resounding hit with the judges. It won three gold awards for its extra mature cheddar, organic mature cheddar and its butter.

Whilst, Lockerbie Creamery in Dumfrieshire, Scotland won gold for its mild white cheddar; Taw Valley Creamery in North Tawton, Devon won gold for its reduced fat cheese; and Reece's Creamery in Malpas, Cheshire won gold for its Caerphilly cheese.

Milk Link's Creameries were awarded a further three silver awards for Lockerbie Creamery's mild cheddar and Llandyrnog Creamery's mature cheddar and vegetarian mature cheddar. In addition to this Milk Link won eight bronze awards. Llandyrnog Creamery won bronze awards for its red Leicester cheese and its Cadog export cheese. Llandyrnog Creamery won third place for its mature cheddar in the consumer taste award.

Lockerbie Creamery won bronze awards for its reduced fat cheese and its mature cheddar.

Taw Valley Creamery won bronze awards for its mild cheddar and its mature cheddar.

Reece's Creamery won bronze award for its Cheshire cheese.

At the Great Yorkshire Show, Milk Link creameries picked up a total of 17 awards for the quality of their cheeses and butters.

The Lockerbie Creamery continued its winning streak, with awards for Best Butter in Show, along with first prizes for its salted and unsalted butter and its Lockerbie Mature Cheddar. This follows awards at the Royal Highland Show, where Lockerbie unveiled a new-look, new-feel brand, and won Supreme Champion for its butter.

Milk Link's Recce's Creamery in Cheshire was awarded Best Wensleydale in Show and first prizes for its Wensleydale and Cylindrical Cheshire cheeses. Meanwhile Milk Link's Tuxford & Tebbutt Stilton Creamery collected first and third prizes for its finest Stilton. The Taw Valley Creamery in Devon continued its excellent award season with a further six awards for the quality of its Cheddars and Red Leicester.

Contact Milk Link on tel 0870 240 8341 or visit www.milklink.com
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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