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Cornish Brie is the big cheese
Cornish Organic brie
The company only began producing cheese in 1997
A cheese made in Cornwall has triumphed at an international cheese show.

Cornish Country Larder's Organic Brie won first prize in the organic class at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, held in Cheshire.

The company, which is based near Newquay, only began producing cheese in 1997 and has expanded dramatically over the past six years.

A 2.3 million expansion in 2001 - helped by 460,000 of money from Europe - saw the dairy double the size of its production facilities and introduce new machinery.

400 tonnes a year

Cheese production has doubled year on year since Cornish Country Larder opened and staffing levels have also increased steadily as the company has grown.

The company now produces in excess of 400 tonnes of cheese per year.

Managing director John Gaylard said the win at Nantwich was further evidence of the quality of the cheese being produced.

"It's a tribute not just to the company and everyone who works here but also to the quality of the organic milk produced by our suppliers here in Cornwall," said Mr Gaylard.

This latest award follows the gold medal for the company's Cornish Brie at last September's British Cheese Awards and a number of other awards, including prizes for its popular Village Green Goat's Cheese.

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