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Bath Blue from Bath Soft Cheese Co wins World Champion Cheese Award!

February 2015

Congratulations to one of our members, Bath Soft Cheese, for scooping the top awards at the World Cheese Awards held in London, for its classic blue veined cheese.

Made by a team of staff and cows with the help of the terrain, weather, July grass and autumn ripening, this cheese was judged by an international team of experts to be the tastiest in the world.

From nearly 2,600 cheeses, the Bath Blue triumphed with one judge Louis Aird from Canada describing it as "poetry; like a river of cream over rocks, a perfectly balanced blue cheese with long, long lingering flavours."

The final Supreme panel of judges, representing nations including Australia, USA, South Africa, Brazil, New Zealand and Canada, concurred, awarding the Bath Blue the highest score of the final judging stage.

On hearing the news Graham Padfield, managing director of The Bath Soft Cheese Co, said; "This is truly fantastic news. Itís a huge privilege to be the winner and we canít quite believe that we are now the makers of the World Champion Cheese.

This gives us great confidence for the future as we have just invested in a new dairy building and we were taking a leap of faith, but this award confirms that we are getting our cheese right and that is a wonderful endorsement.

Our cheese is made without any mechanisation, the milk comes from our herd of 160 organic cows, the curds are milled by hand and at each stage, this cheese is made by hand. Hugh, my son joined the farm five years ago and he is continuing the passion for making cheese.

The World Cheese Awards, now in its 26th year, returned to London for 2014 after a three-year run at the BBC Good Food Show at Birminghamís NEC.


To celebrate Anila will be running special offers including the chance to either win a cookery class with her or a hamper of Anilaís products. Her delicious sauces are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. They are sugar, dairy and gluten free, and contain no onion or garlic, as well as being free from artificial colours, additives and preservatives. See the press release for further information, or visit her at Newbury 1, Reading 1 or Reading 2 markets.

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