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Scottish cheese maker wins big at two big eventsATN News

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A Scottish cheesemaker is celebrating numerous achievements in two major cheese prize competitions.

Highland Fine Cheeses, makers of brands such as Caboc and Strathdon Blue, won two gold, one silver and two bronze in two competitions.

The first event was an award ceremony. International Cheese and Dairy Awards 2022 (ICDA) held at Staffordshire County Showgrounds in August and another at this month’s Global Cheese Awards (GCA) in Somerset’s Frome.

Judges at the 125-year-old event, which has attracted some 5,500 attendees and 40,000 visitors, decided that the company’s Blue Murder, a concentrated cheese made from highland cow’s milk, would be the best choice. deserves a gold medal

Rory Stone, owner of Highland Fine Cheeses, said it was “a great honor” to receive these awards.

Another product from the Highland Cheesemaker, Fat Cow, a washed, semi-hard cheese. considered worthy of a bronze medal. It also won the same award in the best scotch cheese category.

In the latter event, which has been held annually in Somerset since 1861, Fat Cow was crowned hardy cheese with a gold award, while Blue Murder received a silver award.

Owner Rory Stone, whose parents founded a company worth nearly £2 million in 1950, said: “ICDA and GCA are among the largest platforms in the world to promote world-class cheese and dairy products.

“[ICDA and GCA] It is closely watched by retailers and food service companies around the world. It is therefore a great honor to receive these awards.

“I think that’s right. Proud of the Blue Murder we have developed over the past few years. And it’s a huge tribute to our team at Tain in Ross-shire who are both highly attractive. Sophisticated jury

“The award for our Fat Cow cheese is also a great tribute to all the hard work that goes into production at our farm facility.”

The award is a milestone for 14 strong businesses.

Beginning this summer, Morangie Brie, named after the Glen of Tranquillity, has been promoted by M&S at stores across London.

Additionally, the company’s recent corroborating relationship with Kent-based Rowcliffe has led to Rory’s cheese packed in Waitrose’s selection boxes.

Rowcliffe is the UK’s leading importer and distributor of premium quality cheeses and gourmet foods. and Waitrose’s pick boxes are available from deli counters across the UK. This is part of the chain’s support for the chain’s lockdown for artisanal cheesemakers.

Rowcliffe is one of Highland’s top five customers, earning 10% of their output.

Other big buyers include Co-op, Aldi, Lidl, Braehead Foods and Williamson Food Service.

Other products The Highland Fine Cheeses range – Caboc, Minger, Skinny and Black Crowdie, Highland and Morangie Brie, Strathdon Blue and Tain Cheddar – has also won numerous national and international awards.

until the turn of the century The cheesemaker focuses on iconic Scottish cheeses such as Caboc and Crowdie for the Scottish market.

It now specializes in blue rind, brie and rind cheeses, which account for 90% of the produce.

Rory added: “Despite the challenges in the form of skyrocketing raw materials, But milk prices rose 60%, as did energy and labor costs. We are now well positioned to grow in this hugely expanding area.”

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