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Wins keep coming for Fonterra Waitoa.

19 August 2005

Wins keep coming for Fonterra Waitoa.

Picking up the prestigious Fayrefield Trophy is the latest in a line of successes for cheddar from the Waitoa plant.

Awarded annually to the best non-British cheddar at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, this year's trophy went to a Waitoa cheese which was also a gold medallist in the mild cheddar category.

This success follows double gold for Waitoa's vintage cheddar at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Award earlier this year.

Described by Waitoa Cheese Plant Manager Paul Sweetman as the "Olympics of Cheese", the Nantwich Awards have been running for 115 years. This year's show attracted more than 1,900 entries from around the world.

The trophy was not Fonterra's only success at Nantwich. A Waitoa mature cheddar, entered by Fonterra's joint-venture partner Arla, was awarded a silver, as was a low-salt cheese manufactured at Lichfield.

Both the Fayrefield Trophy winner and the Lichfield entry are development cheeses. Paul, a judge at last year's show, says it was an excellent result for a trial cheese, and "is already proving good for business".

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