Karuna Bhana, New World category assistant delicatessen and meal solutions, with Franco Sessa, Whitestone national sales trade marketing manager.

Blue cheese handmade in Oamaru has been voted as the New World Cheese Lovers’ Choice 2020.

Whitestone Windsor Blue was one of the 29 cheeses New World shoppers had the opportunity to vote for as their favourite, and has been announced as the winning cheese.

Usually held in the first part of the year so the winner can be announced with other trophies at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards, New World decided to delay their annual Cheese Lovers’ Choice Awards due to COVID-19. This year, voting was held from Monday September 28 until Sunday October 25.

Whitestone Windsor Blue is a creamy blue with a soft buttery texture. It has Whitestone’s original blue culture that dissects the rich curd and combines to produce a delicate flavour that intensifies with ageing.

The New World Cheese Lovers’ Choice 2020 Award is one of many awards the Oamaru cheese company’s Windor Blue. As well as being named Supreme Champion at the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2006, it has won 10 trophies and 12 gold medals at these awards. The cheese has also achieved international acclaim at the International World Championship Cheese Contest held in Wisconsin, US.