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22.07.06
Lynher Dairies scores a double gold at Taste of the West Awards

Yarg Cornish CheeseCornish cheese producer Lynher Dairies Cheese Company Ltd has scooped three medals at the annual Taste of the West Food & Drink Awards 2006. Yarg Cornish Cheese and Yarg Wild Garlic Cornish Cheese were both awarded a gold while Cornish Pepper picked up a silver.

The Taste of the West Food and Drink Awards recognise the finest in food, drink, hospitality and food retail in the South West of England. The awards are highly respected throughout the industry, being acknowledged by regional and national retail and catering buyers alike as indicators of the very best food and drink available in the region.

The latest accolades come hot on the heels of a good year for the company, based at Pengreep Dairy in Ponsanooth near Truro. Awards have already been won at the Devon County Show, The World Cheese Awards, the Royal Highland Show and The Royal Bath and West Show.

The dairy has also just been informed that it's set to win three prizes at the British Cheese Awards. The award winners will be announced at the Great British Cheese Festival in Cheltenham at the end of September.

Co-director Catherine Mead said: "We were delighted to receive three awards in this prestigious competition. We are thrilled with how things are going this year and we've been developing recipes and trying out different salting and maturing processes to widen our repertoire and enhance what we've got. These changes are being met with interest from the public and we hope these awards will mean even more people will be tempted to try our beautiful and unusual cheeses."

Lynher Dairies Cheese Company Ltd produces eight different cheeses but is best known for its Yarg brand of which it is the sole producer. Yarg Cornish Cheese is a bright, creamy cheese wrapped in distinctive mould-ripened nettles while Yarg Wild Garlic Cornish Cheese is wrapped in wild garlic leaves giving the cheese a subtle yet distinctive flavour.

Under the Taste of the West scheme, producers and processors across the six counties of the South West are able to gain recognition for the diversity and quality of their products. The awards cover eight food and drink categories which are divided into nineteen classes, alongside five hospitality and retail classes which give awards in each county. The products are judged for excellence in quality for taste, appearance, texture, aroma and packaging.

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).

Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and land based industries project is advised to speak with Martin Butler at Government Office South West on 01752 635134 before commencing development as there are now only limited funds available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Editor's notes:

For further information contact:

Helen Roberts
Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd
Tel: 01872 276276
Email: helen@dclark.co.uk

Catherine Mead
Director
Lynher Dairy Cheese Company Ltd
Tel: (01872) 870789
Email: cmead@lynherdairies.co.uk
See also www.lynherdairies.co.uk

For more information on the Taste of the West Food & Drink Awards see www.tasteofthewest.co.uk.

Yarg Cornish Cheese is based on a 13th century recipe. It 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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