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The Taste of Success

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Joseph Heler Cheese are celebrating this month as the quality of their product is recognised at the Oscars of the food world, the Great Taste Awards 2011. Receiving a Gold 1 star for their famous Blue Cheshire Cheese, Joseph Heler, the largest independent regional cheese-producers in the UK, are proud to have shone through over 7000 entries.

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The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, are now in their 18th year. It took 350 experts 34 days to blind taste all the entries and decide which entries would achieve the coveted gold awards.  

Joseph Heler Cheese produce over 40 different cheeses, yet, it remains a family run business and a staunch protector of traditional English cheese-making values. The Great Taste award-winning Blue Cheshire is produced in their Laurels dairy, a traditional dairy that runs alongside the modern cheese rooms. Here, skilled cheese makers reproduce time honoured, hand crafted traditional cheeses that meet the increase in demand for quality local produce with provenance.

Joseph Heler have been producing Cheshire cheese since it originated in 1957. The famous, Blue Cheshire is created by introducing mould to the milk during the first stages of the cheese making process. The mould then comes to life when the cheese is pierced to allow air into the cheese and allow the areas around the piercing to blue. The result of this is a beautiful golden interior tinted with blue veins. 

It is distinctively crumbly, creamy and rich, but milder in flavour compared to English Stilton, with a mellow piquant note.  Blue Cheshire has not been widely produced since the 1990s, but recent demand for the cheese has spurred a revival. Delicious on a ploughmans, melted over field mushrooms or steak, blended in a sauce or simply served with fresh bread.

Managing Director of Joseph Heler Cheese, Mike Heler, comments: The Great Taste Awards is the acknowledged benchmark for specialty food and drink manufacturers and customers alike. 7482 products were entered into this years awards, so to receive recognition for one of our much loved and signature cheese is something that we are very proud of.

All the milk used in the traditional Laurels dairy is sourced from Joseph Helers own herd of over 300 award winning pedigree Holstein cows. Milk is also collected daily from 150 local farms, all within a 45 mile radius.

Joseph Helers Blue Cheshire Cheese is available in selected Booths stores with a roll out programme into other supermarkets later this year. Joseph Heler Cheese supply wholesalers and retail outlets on a national basis, including major retailers such as; Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys. The company is constantly recognised for the quality of its product and manufacturing, including receiving the highly acclaimed Queens Award for Enterprise.


  • Joseph Heler Cheese is a privately owned family business that was formed in 1957 by Mr Joseph Heler and is located just outside the market town of Nantwich, in the heart of the Cheshire Countryside.

  • Joseph Heler Cheese is the largest independent regional cheese producer in the UK and the fifth largest producer of cheese in the UK.


  • Joseph Heler has a reputation for producing consistently high quality cheese, boasting a portfolio of over 40 varieties.


  • Joseph Heler also produce a number of liquid products including; whey cream, sweet cream, skim, skim concentrate, whey protein concentrate and lactose permeate.


  • Joseph Heler Cheese received the highly acclaimed Queens Award for Enterprise in 2001.


  • ALL Joseph Heler cheeses are suitable for Vegetarians.

  • Joseph Heler Cheese now hold both Kosher and Halal accreditations for all of the cheese produced at their creamery.

  • Joseph Heler Farms has its own herd of over 300 award winning pedigree Holstein cows.

  • Milk is collected daily from 150 local farms all within a 45 mile radius.

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