The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are run by the NZ cheese industry for the NZ cheese industry.The entire event is managed and promoted by an independent company and assisted administratively by the secretary of the NZSCA Inc. The Awards are judged independently by an expert team of NZ judges and an international Master judge, Russell Smith to ensure professionalism, expert knowledge and credibility.
The NZ Champions of Cheese brand has been successfully established, through a series of official Awards events and promotional activity. The purpose of these Awards is to honour technical excellence in the manufacture of NZ Cheese. Ultimately, there is a broader objective to drive consumption of NZ specialist cheeses by raising awareness, encouraging trial and promoting usage of NZ cheeses.
The NZ cheese industry is thriving. Consumer demand for specialist cheese, both at home and overseas has never been stronger. The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are held to champion excellence in this evolving, exciting industry sector and to showcase the extraordinary diversity and superb quality of our cheese.
2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards winners
Click the ‘WINNERS’ link on the left to find a full list of 2017 category and medal winners.
2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards medal labels available now
Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners can order medal labels here.
The Gala Dinner is a glittering occasion for the New Zealand Cheese Industry, where winners of the awards are announced and celebrated. The Gala Dinner will be back in March 2018.
There is a strong family of sponsors that support the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association appreciates the support given which makes the Awards possible.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards please email Tony Goode to talk through all available options, or phone 09 480 9948.
A huge thanks to our 2017 sponsors:
Innovative Packaging Champion Butter Award
Innovative Packaging Limited are suppliers of cheese wrapping materials and cheese making equipment with an established stock of wrapping materials including wax for all soft white mould and blue style cheeses.
Innovative Packaging can supply customers with a wide range of packaging materials such as adhesive tapes, printed tapes, printed labels strapping machines and heat sealing machines. To view the range visit www.innovativepackaging.co.nz
Ecolab Champion Blue Cheese Award
Ecolab is the global leader in cleaning solutions, sanitizing solutions and pest elimination in food and beverage processing, dairy farms, food service, hospitality and healthcare. With customised hygiene solutions and superior 24-hour customer service nationwide, Ecolab is the hygiene partner of choice for many New Zealand businesses. See www.ecolab.com
Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker
Located in Hamilton, MilkTestNZ is a laboratory which offers a range of microbiology, composition, analytical and specialty milk testing options – primarily for raw milk. MilkTestNZ mainly processes cow (bovine) milk samples, but are able to test goat, sheep and buffalo milk.
MilkTestNZ works with a range of customers from large dairy companies to boutique cheese makers located all over New Zealand, to establish testing regimes that meet compliance testing requirements. Should customers have a specialised testing need, or would like to talk to MilkTestNZ about how they could assist in meeting RMP requirements visit the MilkTestNZ website www.milktest.co.nz
Eurofins Champion European Style Cheese Award
Eurofins offers NZ Cheese companies a wide range of certification, inspection and auditing services that helps meet the growing requirements and face the challenges of higher standards in Quality, Health Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility.
Ministry of Primary Industries Champion New Cheese Award
MPI’s vision is to grow and protect New Zealand by maximising export opportunities for the primary industries, improving sector productivity, increasing sustainable resource use, and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.
MPI is a new ministry formed from the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Fisheries and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.
MPI is positioned to deliver high-quality services and support to the whole of the primary sector.
Fonterra Champion Original New Zealand Cheese Award
Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company with its roots firmly planted in New Zealand’s rich land, working to unlock every drop of goodness from the 22 billion litres of milk collected each year and sharing it with the world.
AsureQuality Champion Dutch Cheese Award
Every day the experienced team of 1700 experts works alongside customers, to assure the safety and quality of food being produced for millions of people worldwide.
AsureQuality’s skilled staff and extensive accreditation’s enable them to audit, inspect, verify and certify food quality and management systems from the farm right to the supermarket shelf. In today’s world, ever increasing levels of trade, tourism and business travel also carry risks. Many customers rely on AsureQuality to help them detect, control and eradicate unwanted pests and diseases.
Thermaflo Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award
Thermaflo specialise in the design, stainless steel fabrication, installation and commissioning of liquid food process systems with their major clients being in the dairy (cheese, yoghurt, fresh milk, ice cream, butter etc), juice and other food processing industry. While most of their work is the design and supply of complete plants, they also supply items such as pasteurisers, separators, homogenisers and fillers to the Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Basin and Asian markets.
After winning the Medium Business Award at the latest Manawatu Business Awards, the Thermaflo team have been putting in a conscious effort toward business growth and development. Their whole team all strive to achieve and maintain excellent customer relations and pride themselves on their customer service. This quality customer service is maintained both during their projects, as well as after the project has finished. It is this commitment to their customers that has enabled them to grow their business and provided a solid base for future development.
Kiwi Labels Champion Feta Cheese Award
Kiwi labels always remain true to their single-minded promise; ‘Your brand is our business’. They believe in learning about your total business requirements to help enhance your business, with expert support, supply and knowledge in areas that far exceed ‘just labeling’. New Zealand’s most awarded label company for innovation. To find out more visit www.kiwilabels.co.nz.
NZ Chefs Champion Sheep Cheese Award
The NZ Chefs Association represents professional chefs, cooks and trainees, patissiers and confectioners from school age to mature practitioners in New Zealand’s most vibrant and demanding industry. Through continued education including Judges qualifications, Menu engineering, Beef + Lamb seminars, along with involvement in culinary competitions and trade events at local, national and international level. The NZ Chefs Association provide opportunities for many of their members to showcase their creativity and skills in the public arena.
There are eight regional branches around New Zealand. These groups allow chefs to help fellow chefs both nationally and internationally. The branches hold regular gatherings and are active within their communities. Members consist of people with a passion for food and represent a wide range of professions associated with the industry. www.facebook.com/nzchefsassociation
Green Valley Dairies Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese Award
Green Valley Dairies is a fully independent milk company operating since June 2003. They process organic & non organic milk with most of their organic milk being piped directly from Marphona milking sheds to the factory, which not only creates a fast process but also provides the consumer with farm fresh milk handled in a modern facility. Owned & operated by the Pulman Family the farm is recognised as one of the leading quality dairy farms in New Zealand. Marphona Farms supplies milk of the highest quality to a number of dairy companies as well as Green Valley Dairies. They are registered with NZFSA and hold AsureQuality Organic Certification.
Marphona Farms was the first New Zealand Dairy farm to obtain a Registered Product Safety Programme (PSP) with New Zealand Food & Safety Authority. Green Valley is proud to provide the consumer with the freshest quality milk available today. Marphona farms located just over the Bombay Hills in the lush pastures of North Waikato is a state of the art dairy farm providing a fantastic environment for cows to flourish. Green Valley Distribution – 206 Bell Road, Mangatawhiri. PO Box 72623 Auckland. Phone 0800 868 260.
CASPAK Champion Cheese Packaging Award
Cas-Pak is New Zealand’s leading flexible barrier packaging supplier and has been serving the NZ food and beverage industry for over 25 years. The innovative team of technical experts bring their customers cost-effective packaging solutions to support process efficiencies and brand integrity.
New World Champion People’s Choice Cheese Award
At New World they do things a little different. Take their stores. Each and every one is different. The fact is, they individually design them specifically for the community they’re in. They’re not into any of that cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all malarkey- that’s not them. They tailor our stores to you, whether it’s the layout, or the products on the shelves. There’s something also to be said about being 100% New Zealand owned and operated.
And it’s this: All of their profits are reinvested back in this fine country of ours. Because just like you, they want to see our country grow and prosper. They’re proud as punch of their little slice of heaven, so they’ll do whatever we can to keep it ticking along. You won’t find that attitude with every supermarket, but then they’re different, like you. See www.newworld.co.nz
Curds & Whey Champion Homecrafted Cheese Award
Curds & Whey Homecrafted Cheese Maker Award. See www.cuisineaccessory.co.nz.
180 degrees Champion Goat Cheese Award
At 180 degrees they understand that the pace of life today allows very little time for baking at home, even if you love it! So they put much love and attention in to making the best quality oat crackers for you to enjoy for every day use and special occasion with friends. Intensely passionate about what they create, 180 degrees are widely recognised and famous for their focus on taste, superior quality and presentation.
Deliciously different and unique our premium oat crackers are 100% natural, made from whole grain oats, New Zealand butter, and the best quality nuts. Crunchy and nutty, these oat crackers go beautifully with New Zealand cheese.
Tetra Pak Champion Cheddar Cheese Award
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food and beverage processing and packaging solutions company with 23,000 employees worldwide, including more than 100 in New Zealand. For more than 60 years, Tetra Pak has delivered innovative products and services of exceptional quality and performance to food and beverage customers worldwide, including large and small cheese manufacturers. The company’s strengths as a total system supplier means it works with customers to improve the efficiency, productivity and system cost of their production lines.
Puhoi Valley Champion of Champions (Artisan) Award
Puhoi is a small village around 50kms north of Auckland. In 1983 a small manufacturing plant was built just past the village to convert local goats’ milk into ice cream powder and Camembert. It wasn’t long before the factory diversified into making cheese from cows’ milk and broadened the product range. Today, the Puhoi Valley Cheese company employs more than 70 people and proudly makes a wide range of delicious specialty cheeses under the Puhoi Valley, Bouton d’or and Ornelle brands.
Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial) Award
Countdown is one of New Zealand’s largest employers with more than 18,000 team members across 184 supermarkets, distribution centres, processing plants and support offices. We’re proud to partner with 4000 suppliers and farmers right across the country. We’re passionate about cheese and working with our suppliers – whether they’re small start-ups or established brands, to help grow their businesses. Together we deliver good value, quality products and a great in-store experience to the 2.7 million customers who come through our doors each week. www.countdown.co.nz
Renco New Zealand Champion Export Cheese Award
The lush green slopes of Mt Taranaki are home to Renco New Zealand, the only natural rennet manufacturer in the southern hemisphere. Renco specialises in the manufacture of natural animal derived enzyme preparations, for use in dairy, food and industrial applications. The flagship product is calf rennet. Other products include a range of animal lipases for flavour modification, and pancreatins for protein hydrolysis.Established by the dairy industry in 1916 to take advantage of New Zealand’s plentiful supply of raw materials and to ensure the security of rennet supply, it has operated consistently through until today. Manufacturing in a modern processing plant and staffed by a small and dedicated team, Renco is supplying enzyme products around the world. For the best quality and yield use Renco natural animal enzymes. www.renconz.com
Brancott Estate Champion Flavoured Cheese Award
Beginning in 1934 as Montana Wines, our new name of Brancott Estate is inspired by Brancott Vineyard – our original Marlborough vineyard and home. From the very beginning, our connection to the land and our commitment to its care and preservation remain central to our winemaking philosophy. While Marlborough is our home, we also craft wines from other renowned winegrowing regions of New Zealand – wines that continue to be judged among the best in shows the world over, and most importantly – by wine lovers. The skill and dedication of our winemakers and viticulturists is evident in every bottle of Brancott Estate wine, as is the care and respect for the land and natural resources that allow us to produce each and every one.
Mad Millie Champion Aspiring Cheesemaker Award
Mad Millie is an innovative Kiwi company with a passion and love for all things delicious and handcrafted at home. Mad Millie is famous for cheese making kits which allow people to make an array of gourmet cheeses such as feta, cheddar, halloumi, mozzarella, camembert at home. Our mission is it to make it easy and quick, providing any specialized equipment and instructions needed to create delicious cheeses. We don’t just stop at cheese though. Our full range of fresh kits help provide everything that is needed to create a large range of tasty and healthy treats at home, such as yogurts, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and more. Mad Millie products can be purchased online and in selected health-food, homebrew and gift stores. (www.madmillie.com)
Epic Brewing Company has proven to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating award winning aromatic and hoppy beers. Brewed in Auckland by Founder, Director and International Beer Judge Luke Nicholas. Luke is known for his love of dramatic hops, punchy flavours and ‘bending the rules’. Epic is proud to be the exclusive beer supplier to the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards & CheeseFest.
NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Judging
NZ Champion of Cheese Awards Judging will be back in March 2018
Judging is by invitation only and held under controlled conditions. If you wish to register your interest in being a judge for the 2018 Awards please email Dianne Kenderdine
NZSCA Gala Dinner
The NZSCA Gala Dinner will return in 2018.
Entry Packs for the 2018 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards will be available in late 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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2017 dates announced later this year