RW 2010: Dairy co-op Milk Link scoops 16 awards

Farmer-owned dairy co-operative Milk Link has picked up a whopping 16 awards for its products at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

Milk Link’s Taw Valley Creamery in North Tawton, Devon, collected four awards including a gold prize for its mature Cheddar.

The creamery, which produces a full range of Cheddar, Red Leicester and Double Gloucester, was also awarded two silver prizes for its Double Gloucester and Red Leicester, and a bronze awards for its mild Cheddar.

These latest awards for Taw Valley Creamery build on the success it has had at other cheese shows this season. It collected six awards for its cheeses at the Royal Bath and West Show, including first place in the prestigious Danisco Grand Prix category, seven awards at the Devon County Show, gold in the President’s Choice category at the Cheshire County Show, and the Danisco Grand Prix prize at The Great Yorkshire Show

Chief executive Neil Kennedy said: “The acknowledgement here at the Royal Welsh Show for the excellence of our Taw Valley Creamery makes me and everyone involved with Milk Link very proud. It also makes us determined to build on this success at future shows which are so important to the British dairy industry and in particular our farmers.”             

The Royal Welsh Show marked the first anniversary of Milk Link’s acquisition of the former Dairy Farmers of Britain creamery at Llandyrnog, which had now been significantly restructured, said Mr Kennedy.

Milk Link spent £25m on the Llandyrnog factory and had reduced costs by £5m, Mr Kennedy said.