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13.07.06
Lynher Dairies win double gold at world cheese awards

Cornish cheese producer Lynher Dairies Cheese Company Ltd has scooped two gold medals at the annual World Cheese Awards in London.

The winning cheeses - Yarg Cornish Cheese and Yarg Wild Garlic Cornish Cheese – were among 135 rewarded with the top accolade after 120 experts from around the world judged a total of 1,542 cheeses.

According to organisers, standards were higher than ever this year at the world's most prestigious international cheese event held at Taste of London, the capital's top food and drink festival, in Regent's Park. Entries were received from as far afield as the USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. A French ewe's milk cheese called Ossau Iraty from the region of Pays Basque in France walked away with the coveted title of World Champion.

Lynher Dairies Cheese Company Ltd is based on two sites, Pengreep Dairy in Ponsanooth and Netherton Farm near Liskeard and produces seven different cheeses. Yarg Cornish Cheese is a bright, creamy cheese wrapped in distinctive mould-ripened nettles while Wild Garlic Yarg is wrapped in wild garlic leaves giving the cheese a gorgeous pungent kick.

Co-director Catherine Mead said: "We were delighted to receive not one but two top awards in this prestigious competition. The champion cheese was a French one so we feel we have done Cornwall proud in achieving the top mark for a British cheese. It was great to be holding our own in competition with a vast array of cheeses from around the world."

For further information please contact Helen Roberts of Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or email: helen@dclark.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Pengreep Dairy, which is one of two Lynher Dairies sites, through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

The World Cheese Awards took place between June 15 and 18 2006 at Taste of London in Regent's Park. For more information on Taste of London see www.tasteoflondon.co.uk
A video of the judging can be viewed on the World Cheese Awards section on www.finefoodworld.co.uk
Lynher Dairies Cheese Company has been a cheese making partnership between Lynher Dairy at Netherton Farm and Pengreep Dairy for six years
YARG Cornish Cheese is based on a 13th century recipe
YARG Cornish Cheese is sold in supermarket deli sections across the country as well as being a popular seller in specialist cheese shops and market stalls in Cornwall
YARG Cornish Cheese is made by hand and it takes five weeks to make from start to finish

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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