A SCOTS cheesemaker is celebrating a flurry of accomplishments at two main cheese award competitions.
Highland Advantageous Cheeses, maker of manufacturers akin to Caboc and Strathdon Blue, has achieved two gold, one silver, and two bronze successes throughout two competitions.
The primary was on the 2022 Worldwide Cheese and Dairy Awards (ICDA) held on the Staffordshire County Showgrounds in August, one other at this month’s International Cheese Awards (GCA) within the Somerset city of Frome.
Judges on the 125-year-old former occasion, which attracts round 5,500 entries and 40,000 guests, determined that the corporate’s Blue Homicide, a robust cheese made with cows’ milk from the Highlands, was worthy of the gold award.
One other product from the Highland cheesemaker, Fats Cow, a semi arduous, washed rind cheese was deemed worthy of a bronze, in addition to successful the identical accolade within the Finest Scottish Cheese class.
On the latter occasion, held yearly in Somerset since 1861, Fats Cow topped the rind washed arduous cheese class with a gold accolade, whereas Blue Homicide received the silver award.
Proprietor Rory Stone, whose mother and father established the near-£2m turnover firm within the Fifties, stated: “The ICDA and the GCA are amongst the world’s greatest platforms to champion world class cheese and dairy merchandise.
“[ICDA and GCA] are watched carefully by retailers and meals service corporations everywhere in the world, so it’s a big honour to be awarded these accolades.
“We’re, I believe rightly, pleased with Blue Homicide which we’ve been growing over the previous few years, and it’s a big tribute to our workforce right here at Tain in Ross-shire, that it has appealed to the palates of two extremely refined judging panels.
“To win awards for our Fats Cow cheese, can be a superb tribute to all of the arduous work that goes into its manufacturing at our farm-based manufacturing facility.”
The awards comply with a collection of main steps ahead for the 14-strong enterprise.
From earlier this summer season, its Morangie Brie, named after the Glen of Tranquillity, has been promoted by M&S at its retailers throughout London.
As well as, the corporate’s not too long ago re-affirmed relationship with Kent-based firm Rowcliffe, has led to Rory’s cheeses that includes in Waitrose choice containers.
Rowcliffe is the UK’s main importer and distributor of high quality cheese and superb meals, and the Waitrose choice containers are offered from its deli counters throughout the UK as a part of the chain’s lockdown-inspired help for artisanal cheesemakers.
Rowcliffe is now amongst Highland’s prime 5 prospects, taking 10% of its output.
Different main patrons embody Co-op, Aldi, Lidl, Braehead Meals and Williamson Meals Service.
Different merchandise within the Highland Advantageous Cheeses vary – Caboc, Minger, Skinny and Black Crowdie, Highland and Morangie Brie, Strathdon Blue and Tain Cheddar – have additionally received quite a lot of nationwide and worldwide awards.
Till the flip of the century, the cheesemaker targeted on distinctive Scottish cheeses akin to Caboc and Crowdie for the home Scottish market.
It now specialises in blue, brie and washed rind cheeses, which make up 90% of its output.
Rory added: “Regardless of challenges within the type of hovering uncooked supplies – milk costs have gone up by 60% – in addition to power and labour prices, we at the moment are very nicely positioned to flourish in a drastically expanded territory.”