Cerrato Cheeses, based in Baltanás (Palencia), have won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the prestigious international World Cheese Awards 2011, held in Birmingham (United Kingdom).
The annual competition is part of the BBC Good Food Show held every year for the past 20 years in Birmingham and is one of the most important in the world.
More than 3000 cheese producers from 34 countries competed with fresh, semi-cured, cured, smoked cheeses made from goat, sheep or cow milk. Cheeses with a range of Guarantees of Origin and producers, from the smallest artisan cheese-makers to large companies, were entered in the competition.
The competition is ‘one of the most prestigious at an international level’, confirmed Biljana Kolundzija, responsible for the company’s exports, which has been part of the Agropal Group since 2006.
200 tasters, made up of cheese and retail experts from all over the world, awarded Cheeses Cerrato with 4 medals for their quality.
The Cerrato 100% Semi-cured Goat’s cheese won a gold medal, the only goat’s cheese from Castilla Y León to do so. The Prestigious Gourmet 100% Sheep’s cheese was also awarded a gold medal, whilst the Iberian Cerrato made of 3 milks won silver and the Cerrato Gourmet Sheep and Cow’s cheese a bronze.
Guarantee of Quality
These awards are ‘another guarantee of the quality of Cerrato Cheeses and above all a recognition of the constancy, perseverance and eagerness of this company’, Kolundzija explained ‘The challenge we set ourselves is to be better every day, to take every customer’s need into account and offer them the best on the market’.
Regarding the market, Cerrato Cheeses is confident that these prizes will be extremely helpful in the ‘complicated but also exciting task of building customer loyalty as well as attracting possible new buyers.’
Although the company’s Three Milks cheese won bronze medals in both 2009 and 2010 it was this year’s competition that Cerrato Cheeses really stood out, as shown by the number of prizes won.
Cerrato Cheeses collects milk from over 200 livestock in the Palencia, Burgos and Valladolid provinces to produce its wide range of cheeses. With these prizes it has placed itself amongst the best cheese producers in the world.
The company, which is now part of the Agropal Group, turned over 14.1 million Euros last year and currently employs 50 members of staff.
This September Cerrato Cheeses, which has been recognised with two Gold and two Silver Cinchos, launched its new Gourmet Range at a show room for Spanish gourmet products in Zurich (Switzerland) and then at the Anuga Fair in Düsseldorf (Germany).