Parmigiano Reggiano, the largest Italian entry in a global competition

From 14 to 16 November, at the BBC Good Food Show, the National Parmigiano Reggiano Team will be entering with a product selection that is emblematic of quality and free from additives and preservatives

Reggio Emilia - 11 November 2014 - "This is the largest Italian cheese expedition ever mounted abroad in a market that is already keenly interested in our product, namely the UK." This was the comment by Giuseppe Alai, the President of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Consortium, announcing the participation of the Parmigiano Reggiano National Team in the 2014 edition of the World Cheese Awards competition. This is an already award-winning group of as many as 21 dairies from Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and Bologna, which will be taking part in this prestigious competition to be held from Friday 14 to Sunday16 November at the BBC Good Food Show in London. More than 3,000 cheeses are expected at the appointment, which will attract 40,000 visitors from all over the world. Meanwhile, 200 experts will evaluate the samples entered, award prizes for the various categories, and nominate the 2014 World Champion.

"We have invited the dairies to this contest on the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium's 80th birthday," continues Alai, "and we have decided to back this National Team that has won a good 50 awards in its 13 years of life." Hence, there are 5 dairies from Parma and its province, (Cooperativa Casearia Agrinascente, Caseificio Sociale Coduro, Latteria Sociale Costa di Bazzano, Società Agricola Giansanti, Caseificio Sociale di Urzano), 3 from Modena and its province (Caseificio Dismano, Caseificio Sociale Nuovo Malandrone, Punto Latte), 2 from Bologna and its province (Caseificio Sociale Fior di Latte, Caseificio Sociale di Querciola), 11 from Reggio Emilia and its province (Caseificio Sociale Allegro, Caseificio Sociale Castellazzo, Caseificio Sociale Cavola, Caseificio Sociale del Parco, Fattoria Fiori di Fiori Pier Paolo, Latteria Sociale Migliara, Latteria Sociale Moderna, Latteria Sociale Nuova, Latteria Sociale San Giorgio, Latteria Sociale San Girolamo, and the Azienda Agricola Grana d’Oro).

"These are the lands of the Ferrari, Lambrusco wine, and the fictional characters Don Camillo and Peppone,…" explains Gabriele Arlotti, creator and trainer of the Group, "Here, using local fodder, high quality farms produce in their dairies the "chosen" Parmigiano Reggiano that can be found today in London. This the same one that won a good 13 medals at the 2013 World Cheese Awards and which, this year too, fully intends to corner some prizes.” “With nine centuries of history behind it," concludes Riccardo Deserti, director of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Consortium, "and its origins, whose roots lie in the traditions of Benedictine and Cistercian monks, Parmigiano Reggiano is the quintessence of Protected Designation of Origin products. What will be presented at the Good Food Show is a product selection that is emblematic of quality. In the European market, we believe we can unhesitatingly offer a product that is unique, free from additives and preservatives, whose strong points are time and the craftsmanship of master cheese makers and farmers.” On Friday, the international jury will begin its eagerly awaited work. Over the three days of the fair, the product will be presented at the stands of the BBC Good Food Show.