Meet Your Makers | Outstanding Producer Profile
A proud family cheesemaking business, Whitestone Cheese has been a regular award winner over the three years of the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
Co-founded by Bob and Sue Berry in 1987, Oamaru-based Whitestone Cheese is now run by their son Simon and has built a reputation for delicious, quality cheese.
In 2019, Whitestone Cheese was awarded two Special Awards and nine medals!
The NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of New Zealand Award recognises the food or drinks producer who exemplifies the Kiwi spirit of hard work and innovation. It’s chosen by the judging panel in association with NZ Life & Leisure.
Announcing the accolade at the ONZFPA Champions Party in April, NZ Life & Leisure Editor, Kate Coughlan called Whitestone Cheese “a shining light” and praised the Berry family’s doggedness and determination. Look out for a story on Whitestone in the next issue of NZ Life & Leisure, on-sale from Monday 24 June.
Proving what a Kiwi favourite Whitestone Cheese is, in 2019 they won the Coast People’s Choice Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award. This is significant because food lovers from across the country nominate their favourite brands, so its recognition of how much love people have for Whitestone Cheese.
Whitestone Recipe Inspiration
The deep south has always been known for its Cheese Rolls – the perfect midwinter treat – check out Whitestone’s gourmet version
If you’re a pizza lover, this version with aged award-winning Windsor Blue takes things to a new level of lush – view it here
Connect with Whitestone Cheese
Visit the Whitestone Cheese Factory and Café where it all started in Oamaru, the Whitestone Cheese Room at Wet Jacket Wines in Queenstown or their store at Catalina Bay Farmers’ Market (where they sell the most amazing fried Whitestone Ferry Road Halloumi chips). Join the Whitestone Cheese Club or explore wine and cheese pairings, find recipes and Whitestone Cheese stockists and more at whitestonecheese.com. Keep in touch with the Berry family and follow their cheesemaking adventures on Facebook and Instagram@whitestonecheeseco
WHITESTONE CHEESE’S OUTSTANDING NZ AWARDS
2019 NZ Life & Leisure Spirit of New Zealand Award
2019 Coast People’s Choice Outstanding NZ Food Producer
2019 Gold Medal, Ferry Road Halloumi
2019 Gold Medal, Vintage Five Forks
2019 Gold Medal, Vintage Windsor Blue
2019 Silver Medal, Mt Domet Double Cream Brie
2019 Silver Medal, Lindis Pass Brie
2019 Silver Medal, Probiotic Camembert
2019 Silver Medal, Windsor Blue
2019 Silver Medal, Shenley Station Blue and Steak Gourmet Pies (find at the Whitestone Cheese Store, Catalina Bay Farmers’ Market and Delectables Bakery in Oamaru)
2019 Bronze Medal, Shenley Station Blue
2018 Gold Medal, Ohau Goat’s Blue
2018 Silver Medal, Lindis Pass Brie
2018 Silver Medal, Lindis Pass Camembert
2017 Dairy Finalist (Crafted), Vintage Five Forks
2017 Dairy Finalist (Crafted), Windsor Blue
2017 Dairy Finalist (Crafted), Vintage Windsor Blue
2017 Dairy Finalist (Crafted), Lindis Pass Camembert