New Bothwell cheese wins fifth award


by Marianne Curtis

For the fifth year in a row Bothwell Cheese has placed first at the prestigious 83rd Annual British Empire Cheese Show.

Bothwell won in the Marble Cheddar class at the international competition, which has been handing out coveted awards since 1927. The British Empire Cheese Show is one of the largest cheese shows inCanadaand Bothwell Cheese has been entering the competition for the past six years.

The company has placed first in its respected category five years in a row at the show put on by the Central Ontario Cheese Makers Association.

“It’s a tremendous feat to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, especially considering the high calibre of the competition,” said Ivan Balenovic, Bothwell Cheese president and CEO. “It is a highly respected competition.“

He noted that he doesn’t think that any other company has ever taken the same award home five years in a row.

`We are excited about the win because we recognize that we do things a little different and we put a lot of extra attention into our cheese,` explained Balenovic. “With these awards our cheese makers and staffers are being recognized for what we think we are doing which is producing the best cheese in Canada – we pride ourselves in that,“

Bothwell Cheese is known for producing cheese made with completely natural ingredients, pure milk, and no modified milk ingredients. They make their marble chedder a little different than other companies because it is milled.

Bothwell Cheese took home two other awards from the event. They placed second place for their medium cheddar and Monterey Jack varieties.

The company produces and distributes more than 20 varieties of cheeses throughoutCanada. Bothwell also placed second in the Medium Cheddar and Monterey Jack categories.

Over the past five years, Bothwell Cheese which used to only available locally has now expanded to sell in about 1,500 stores across Canada.

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