PUHOI VALLEY TAKE IT OUT AT 2017 CHEESE AWARDS
CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANCK AND THE TEAM AT PUHOI VALLEY - GREAT WORK, 2 YEARS IN A ROW
Recently the fourteenth annual NZ champion of cheese awards were held at The Grand Millennium hotel in Auckland. On the Night Thermaflo showed their on going support of the Industry by sponsoring the Washed Rind Cheese award category, a category we have been sponsoring for the last six years. Over this time we have seen a variety of businesses win the award and this year it was taken out by Puhoi Valley's Cellar Range Washed Rind, the same cheese that won the award in 2016
Since their humble beginnings in 1983 when they first established a small manufacturing plant to convert goats’ milk into ice cream powder and camembert, Puhoi Valley have come along way. With such a wide range of top quality products it is no surprise to see that Puhoi Valley won the washed rind cheese category at the cheese awards for the second year running
Starting their night out, Puhoi Valley took out the Kiwi Labels Champion Feta Cheese Award with their Puhoi Valley Feta which was soon followed by winning the Champion of Washed Rind Cheese with their Cellar Range Washed Rind.
Drawing toward the end of the night everyone was waiting in anticipation for the remaining two awards to be announced, the Countdown Champions of Cheese Award for the best cheese made by a company that produces in excess of 25,000 tonnes of cheese per year and the Puhoi Valley Champion Artisan Cheese Award, awarded to a cheese maker producing less than 25,000 tonnes.
This year we crowned a new winner, seeing Meyer Gouda Cheese take out the Countdown Champions of Cheese Award quickly followed by Mercer Cheese who managed to retain their spot as the Puhoi Valley Champion of Artisan Cheese Award winners, however this year it was their fifty fifty that won them the title, a cheese made with the combination of both cow's and sheep's milk.
All in all, this years Champions of Cheese Awards was a great event, we saw many businesses take out gold awards as well as the champions of cheese awards in each of the 23 categories. Thermaflo are very happy to be associated with the Champions of Cheese Awards, it is a great event that showcases the best of the industry and shows how the industry has grown year on year. Check out the list of winner below