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Tain-based Highland Fine Cheeses takes home gold, silver and bronze at global awards as owner pays tribute to his team


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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A Tain cheese producer has grabbed a slice of the action at two award ceremonies with its unique offerings Blue Murder and Fat Cow both tantalising taste buds.

Highland Fine Cheeses owner Rory Stone, whose parents established the near-£2 million turnover company in the 1950s, said: “The International Cheese and Dairy Awards (ICDA) and the Global Cheese Awards (GCA) are amongst the world’s biggest platforms to champion world class cheese and dairy products, and are watched closely by retailers and food service companies all over the world, so it is a huge honour to be awarded these accolades.

“We are, I think rightly, proud of Blue Murder which we have been developing over the past few years, and it is a huge tribute to our team here at Tain, that it has appealed to the palates of two highly sophisticated judging panels.

“To win awards for our Fat Cow cheese, is also a fine tribute to all the hard work that goes into its production at our farm-based factory.”

Rory Stone holding cheese
Rory Stone holding cheese

The GCA is held annually near Frome, in Somerset since 1861, every September at their Cheese Pavillion exhibition hall.

The ICDA is held at the Staffordshire County Showgrounds. The 125 year old event attracts 5,500 entries, and 40,000 visitors every year. The two competitions are among the biggest platforms in the world for cheese and dairy products and the competition is watched closely by retailers and food service companies globally.


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