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Kapiti Holds Its Place As Finest Cheese Maker

Kapiti Holds Its Place As Finest New Zealand Cheese Maker

Kapiti Cheeses, the icon of New Zealand’s specialty cheese market, continues to accumulate top awards for the quality of its cheeses.

Kapiti’s cheeses scooped five of the major awards at the Champions of Cheese Awards announced last night, confirming Kapiti’s place as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent specialty cheese makers.

The awards were judged by a panel of national and international food and cheese experts headed by United States cheese connoisseur, John Greeley.

Kapiti’s Champions of Cheese are:

Kapiti Tomato and Basil Brie – Soft Ripened Cheese Category

Kapiti Brick – Washed Rind Category

Kapiti Aged Cheddar – Aged Cheddar Category

Kapiti Mount Herbert – Semi Firm Category

Kapiti Herb and Garlic – Flavoured Cheese Category

In the medal winners round leading to the Champion Awards, the company’s performance was weighted towards golds, with eight gold medals, three silver and seven bronze.

Chief Executive of Kapiti Fine Foods Greig Shearer said the awards showed that Kapiti cheeses have more than held their own in New Zealand’s burgeoning specialty cheese market.

“It is gratifying to have the judgement of one’s peers and experts that Kapiti has maintained its commitment to quality products, and simply not rested on its laurels. This is a tribute to the teamwork of our dedicated staff who have remained true to the Kapiti tradition of quality and innovation.

“The challenge for the craft of specialty cheese makers is maintaining day-in and day-out the highest standards for all Kapiti consumers. This is a hallmark of the great cheeses of the world.”

Greig Shearer said Kapiti’s continuing success at the specialty cheeses awards was attributed to the programme the company maintained within the hospitality market to refresh the use of cheeses, and to learn from the feedback provided.

“Any success we achieve is rightly shared by Kapiti’s team, our business partners and customers, and I take my hat off to this performance.”

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