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Kapiti Cheeses Recognised In Awards

Media Statement

April 2, 2003

Kapiti Pleased Innovative Cheeses Recognised In Awards

The quality and innovation of Kapiti Fine Foods’ cheeses business has been confirmed by this year’s New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards with 5 gold medals, 10 silver and 12 bronze.

The brand is highly valued by chefs and the foodservice industry and has now also been recognised by a judging panel headed by United States cheese connoisseur, John Greeley. These include Kapiti’s gold medal winners Kikorangi (triple cream blue) Kotuku (soft white) and Camembert 125g (soft white).

Kapiti also won gold for its Mascarpone (soft fresh) and Smoked Cheddar (flavoured Cheese).

Kapiti Fine Foods Chief Executive Greig Shearer said he had much pleasure in congratulating the company’s cheesemakers.

“Kapiti has had a longstanding tradition of producing high quality, innovative cheeses by working with its chefs and foodservice customers. It is refreshing to see this work recognised by arguably the most highly qualified cheese judging panel ever brought together in New Zealand.

“We continue to produce innovative cheeses for a discerning market, the restaurant and foodservice sectors where the cheeseboard forms an integral part of a quality food offering.”

Kapiti Fine Foods’ gold, silver and bronze medal winners were:


Soft Unripened Cheese

Mascarpone – naturally thick Italian-style cream
Kotuku – single cream Camembert style cheese made in traditional French way

Blue-veined Cheese

Kikorangi – triple cream blue cheese with dense blue veining

Flavoured Cheese

Smoked Cheddar – naturally smoked premium NZ cheddar, enrobed in yellow wax

Soft Ripened Cheese

Camembert 125g – sweet buttery cheese encased in delicate, thin white rind
Kotuku – single cream cheese, mild and buttery, lightly covered in thin white rind


Soft Unripened Cheese

Bocconcini – small balls of fresh milky Italian-style Mozzarella
Mount Herbert – fresh goats milk curd with delicate flavour and soft crumbly texture

Soft Ripened Cheese

Camembert log- double cream, sliceable camembert-style cheese
Kirima - rich, double cream Camembert-style cheese presented in log shape
Saint Maure - creamy rich goats Camembert that ripens to gooey perfection

Flavoured Cheese

Lindale Sage - traditional Havarti-style cheese enhanced with sage and cracked pepper
Pepper - triple cream fresh cheese coated with cracked pepper

Champion New Cheese

Ramara – washed rind cheese (Trappist-style) overlaid with white mould creating a flowing body with robust flavour

Champion Retailer

Kapiti Fine Foods, Paraparamu (Lindale)


Soft Unripened Cheese

Crème Fraiche - rich cultured tangy cream
Chervé Tihi - fresh goats milk curd pressed into a half log shape

Soft Ripened Cheese

Camembert 1kg - creamy cheese with thin white rind and delicate mushroom tones
Pepper Brie - double cream Brie with pink and green peppercorns, within its surface is scattered with red and green pepper flakes

Champion Aged Cheddar

Aged Cheddar (12 – 18 months) – rich creamy cheddar with broad cheddar flavour
Riverdale Cheddar (19+ months) - complex, well-integrated mouth filling premium aged cheddar with crumbly calcium crystals

Flavoured Cheese

Kapiti Cheese Port Wine Cheddar - premium NZ aged cheddar steeped in port wine
Herb and Garlic - Fresh triple cream cheese with a selection of herbs and garlic
Jalapeno - Smooth creamy slightly acidic with jalapeno peppers
Chilli and Garlic - fresh triple cream cheese with a mouth full of chilli and garlic
Herb - fresh triple cream cheese with selected green herbs

Champion Export Cheese

Kikorangi – premium triple cream blue cheese with glazed porcelain marbling and a smooth spoonable texture


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