Exporting British cheeses and dairy products to over 50 countries around the world has earned Wellington company Somerdale the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade
Presenting a cut glass bowl and certificate, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Mrs Anne Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset said “In Britain, and of course here in Somerset, we make some of the very best tasting cheeses in the world. It is therefore particularly pleasing to be able to recognise the success of Somerdale International in growing exports of cheese internationally.”
The ceremony which was attended by Somerdale’s staff, representatives from many of its British cheesemaker supply partners and local dignitaries was also used to mark over a quarter of a century of growth and development for the Chelston-based business.
Commenting on the award Nairn Glen, Chairman of Somerdale International, said: “We are extremely honoured to have been presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The Award recognises the experience and expertise we have accumulated in more than 25 years of exporting to all parts of the globe; the skill and dedication of our staff; and the excellence of our partner suppliers who produce some of the very best British cheeses.
“As has been well documented, the last few years have been very challenging for all involved in the British dairy industry. At Somerdale we strongly believe that developing the market for British dairy exports will be a key element going forward for securing the growth and sustainability of this important sector. As such, we won’t be resting on our laurels and will be doing everything we can to promote and sell British cheeses across the world.”