The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA) has added a new accolade to its awards. This year the NZSCA will recognise cheese retailers at its 2019 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.
NZSCA chair, Neil Willman explained that the Huntley & Palmers Favourite NZ Cheese Shopping Experience 2019 will recognise retailers’ efforts to promote New Zealand cheese. “The award provides an opportunity for the Association to raise the profile of New Zealand-made cheese and explain to consumers the reasons to buy local.”
The public must first nominate retailers to be considered for the Huntley & Palmers Favourite NZ Cheese Shopping Experience retailers award. Following nomination, they will be invited to answer questions about how they sell cheese and mature cheese and what they do to educate their staff and customers. Following this process judging will be undertaken by a panel from the NZSCA.
The judging panel will select a short list of finalists from; Auckland, Wellington, the Rest of North Island, Christchurch and the Rest of South Island. Huntley & Palmers Favourite NZ Cheese Shopping Experience will be one of 26 trophies announced at the Awards.
The winner of the new award will be announced at the 2019 New Zealand Champion of Cheese Awards in Hamilton on Tuesday 21 May.