AUCKLAND, New Zealand--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 21, 2018--NZMP, the global dairy ingredients brand of Fonterra has just been recognised among the best in cheesemaking by independent judges at the International Cheese Awards. An outstanding eight medals were awarded to NZMP’s New Zealand- and Australian-made cheeses.

More than 300 European judges tested more than 5,100 cheese and dairy entries from around the world. Based in Nantwich, UK, the awards have been running for more than 120 years.

Of the medal tally, Fonterra Dairy Foods Category Director Casey Thomas said NZMP natural cheese stands out on the global stage.

“We are honoured to have received eight medals for products that we have a long-standing heritage of selling to some of the biggest food companies in the world. It’s a great way to independently confirm that we produce some of the best-tasting, consistent world-class cheeses available to food manufacturers in Asia and around the world.

“NZMP excels at innovation and technical expertise across the business. Like other recent award wins, these are thanks to years of cheese making tradition, a library of specialty cultures, combined with green grass, fresh milk and plenty of sunshine,” says Casey.

NZMP has an extensive range of top quality cheese ingredients exported to more than 130 countries, which are used in a variety of products and applications including meals, bakery, sauces and snacks.

Gold medals

Best Non-UK Cheese aged greater than 18 months, NZMP Epicure, made in Lichfield, NZ Best Australian Cheese, NZMP Mild Cheddar, made in Wynyard, Tasmania

Silver medals

Best New Zealand Cheese, NZMP Taupo, made in Lichfield, NZ Best Australian Cheese, NZMP Mild Cheddar, made in Stanhope, Victoria

Bronze medals

Best New Zealand Cheese, NZMP Noble, made in Lichfield, NZ Best Australian Cheese, NZMP Gouda, made in Wynyard, Tasmania Best Australian Cheese, NZMP Mature Cheddar, made in Wynyard, Tasmania Best Australian Cheese, NZMP Extra Mature Cheddar, made in Wynyard, Tasmania

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CONTACT: For further information or to organise an interview contact:

Porter Novelli on behalf of NZMP

Sophie Coley, +64 22 565 8919

sophiec@porternovelli.kiwi

Award images can be foundhere

Images of NZMP medal-winning cheeses available on request

KEYWORD: AUSTRALIA UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA NEW ZEALAND

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RESTAURANT/BAR RETAIL FOOD/BEVERAGE

SOURCE: NZMP

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