Finnish spreadable butter wins gold in the world’s biggest cheese show
The Finnish dairy company Valio participated in the world’s biggest cheese show in Nantwich, England, for the first time. The Valio products included in the competition met with great success. Valio’s spreadable butter won gold in the spreads category, while Valio Cheddar received a very high commendation from the jury – the only Cheddar made outside traditional Cheddar-producing countries to do so.
Unique taste wins the day in spreads category
Held in Nantwich, near Liverpool, since 1987, the International Cheese Awards is the world’s biggest cheese show, this year including a total of 5,685 cheeses competing in 224 different categories. Besides cheeses, the competition also evaluates other dairy products, such as spreads and yoghurts.
Known for its innovative dairy products, Valio was established in 1905 as an exporter of butter. The company’s long history in the manufacture of high-quality butter was visible in the competition results. The authentic and natural taste of Valio spreadable butter – made from Finnish butter and rapeseed oil without additives – charmed the judges. The product won gold in the spreads category, which included 15 participants from various countries. Valio’s unsalted butter won bronze in the unsalted butters category, which included 14 butters.
Surprise winner in the mild Cheddar category
Valio Cheddar participated in the mild Cheddar category – it was the only Cheddar cheese made outside traditional Cheddar-producing countries, such as the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. The jury awarded it a Very High Commendation, a distinction awarded to one or two products in addition to medals in some of the competition categories.
Another of Valio’s sources of pride – Valio Emmental Black Label cheese – also did well in the competition, in which it went up against 13 other products in the Scandinavian cheeses category.
“Valio’s products are made with over a hundred years of experience, from milk that comes from Finnish family farms and that is among the purest in the EU. In Finland, we’re known for supremely tasty, innovative dairy products, and we’re proud that they are also successful abroad”, says Kimmo Luoma, Senior Vice President, Cheese and Butter Product Group.
Kimmo Luoma, Senior Vice President, Valio Ltd, tel. +358 50 398 7142, email email@example.com
Valio from Finland – the most innovative dairy in the world
Valio, offering the taste of Nordic nature since 1905, is the biggest dairy business and a brand leader in Finland as well as being a major player in the international dairy ingredients market. The company is owned by dairy cooperatives comprising some 5,800 dairy farmers. Valio holds wellbeing close at heart with world leading technology innovations, expertise and products made from clean Finnish milk. Valio’s product development follows in the footsteps of Nobel Prize winner A. I. Virtanen. Valio is Finland’s biggest food exporter and is seeking strong growth in international markets. Valio exports to some 60 countries and accounts for 30% of Finland’s total food exports. The company has subsidiaries in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltics, USA and China.