Skip to main content

London, 25th July 2018: Cheese industry legend Norman Ruby picked up the British Cheese Board (BCB) Industry Award yesterday, at the annual International Cheese and Dairy Awards in Nantwich.

Norman has been a respected and well-liked character within the cheese industry for nearly four decades. His contribution to the industry was recognised by the BCB Industry Award yesterday. The BCB award is given to those who have made an outstanding and invaluable contribution to the British cheese industry throughout their careers.

Although Norman started his working life in the RAF, after joining The Cheese Company at Taw Valley in 1980, he never looked back. Norman moved his way up the ranks before becoming Cheese Production Manager at Appleby and Lockerbie. He then moved to St Ivel before joining Chr Hansen in 2001, where he has worked for the last 17 years. After 39 years in the cheese industry, Norman is retiring and planning to spend more time with his family.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK commented “Norman’s passion and dedication to the cheese industry over the last 39 years makes him a worthy winner of the BCB Industry Award this year. I’d like to congratulate Norman on receiving this award and wish him a happy retirement.”

Chairman of the International Cheese and Dairy Awards Chris Chisnell added: “What an achievement. It’s only fitting that the world’s largest cheese competition should recognise such an outstanding contribution to the Dairy Industry. Thoroughly deserved!”

Norman Ruby added: “This was an unexpected award, so I was pretty shocked! I’ve made so many friends over a lifetime in this wonderful industry, I will miss it greatly when I retire. I would like to thank the BCB for this award, I feel very humbled.”


Image (L-R): Norman Ruby, Luisa Candido, Nutrition & Technical Manager at Dairy UK

Media contact
For further information, please contact George Morris Seers, Media House, 0207 710 0020 / or Sophie Clarke, Dairy UK, 0207 025 0543 /

About Dairy UK
Dairy UK is a trade association that represents the interests of producer co-ops, milk processors, dairy farmers and bottle milk buyers. For more information, visit

About the British Cheese Board
The British Cheese Board (BCB) is a promotional and educational body for cheese which sits within Dairy UK. Effective from July 26th 2018, the British Cheese Board will operate under the Dairy UK brand and continue to promote and educate consumers about Britain’s great cheeses.