Irish cheesemakers win big at ‘elite’ international event

Three Irish cheesemakers were awarded top prizes at a prestigious international cheese and dairy fair, Mondial du Fromage, according to Bord Bia.

The Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers company was successful – for a second time – in the sheep milk blue cheese category, and was awarded a ‘Super Gold‘ medal for its Crozier Blue Cheese.

Cahill’s Farm Cheese won a silver medal for its Vintage Cheddar in the uncooked pressed cheeses category, while Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheeses received a bronze medal in the soft cheese with washed rind category, for its Humming Bark Cheese.

The event took place from Sunday, June 11, to Tuesday, June 13, in Tours, France, with six Irish cheese companies representing Ireland with Bord Bia at the show.

The festival is a competition for the world’s leading cheese and dairy trade, with the Irish contingent providing a showcase of the “very best of Irish cheese production”.

Exhibiting at Bord Bia’s Origin Green stand, the group comprised: Durrus Cheese; The Little Milk Company; Cooleeney Cheese; Cahill’s Farm Cheese; Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheeses; and Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers.

The Mondial du Fromage festival displayed more than 170 exhibitors from 10 countries at the Vinci International Congress Centre in Tours, France. More than 3,500 visitors – from 28 countries globally – attended the event such as chefs, retail buyers and distributors.

As well as being a hub for meeting players in the industry and for information about innovation and development in the cheese market, the international fair provided an opportunity to underline the value of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme, according to the Irish state agency.

The potential to develop new export opportunities was also a key prospect, Bord Bia claimed.