Double royal success for Caws Cenarth Cheese

THIS summer has been an eventful time for FUW members Caws Cenarth Cheese with a second visit from the Prince of Wales at the end of June and a string of awards at the Royal Welsh Show. Prince Charles first visited the cheese-making enterprise at Fferm Glyneithinog, Pontseli, Lancych, Carmarthenshire, in 1998 and this time he was impressed by how much the company had expanded during that time. He spent nearly two hours greeting the invited guests and touring the production areas where he saw the staff washing Golden Cenarth cheese in the his own Highgrove Organic cider. Carwyn Adams took over Caws Cenarth from his mother and father, Gwynfor and Thelma. in 2005 and has since developed several award-winning cheeses of his own, including Perl Wen, Perl Las and the Golden Cenarth which won supreme champion at the British Cheese Awards, beating 904 other cheeses to take the coveted award. Following the latest Royal visit, a very successful four days were spent at the Royal Welsh Show in July – in the Food Hall and in the cheese judging classes – where Caws Cenarth was awarded four golds and three silvers plus taking, for the eighth time, the perpetual trophy for the exhibitor winning most prizes in the cheese section. Mrs Adams told Y Tir: “It continues to be busy summer with tourists from all over the world making a bee line to watch the actual cheese-making process from two viewing galleries. “From the very beginning of Caws Cenarth back in April 1987 me and Gwynfor were determined to open the farm up and find time to talk at length to the visitors, to hopefully bridge the gap between farmer and consumer. “Carwyn also believes this is an important role and, for all of us, welcoming our visitors remains one of the most pleasurable aspect of the whole enterprise. During one week alone in August we welcomed people from Japan, Tanzania and a group of 11 from Saudi Arabia “A growing section of the business is our International trade with the cheese being exported to, among other places, New York, Australia and Dubai. The company is also in talks with a large wholesaler in Canada who is looking to import our products in the coming months. “One of our newest products is a cheese wedding cake which is proving very popular with brides and bridegrooms for the evening wedding party. One was taken to Hong Kong this month.” Meanwhile, Carwyn is anxious to continue working closely with organic farmers. The entire milk production of one organic farmer is used to make the cheese, supplemented by deliveries from an organic cooperative. “Caws Cenarth provides employment for 14 local people and, with an increasing interest from consumers in eating good, wholesome food, we are optimistic for its continued future growth,” Mrs Adams added.

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