The dairy section of IFE07 is a show in its own right, and will again host the World Cheese Awards.

Exhibitors, from large bulk cheese-makers to small-scale master craftsmen, will be competing for top prizes and international reknown.

In 2005 the section attracted 9,140 visitors, and this year looks set to be even bigger thanks to the launch of some innovative products.

Blue Cheshire cheese is making its debut on the Joseph Heler stand this year. The long-matured, blue-veined cheese joins the company's existing red and white Cheshire cheeses.

Shepherd's Purse cheese is using the show to relaunch its flagship Yorkshire Feta under a new name to be revealed at the show, after the Greeks won exclusive use of the term feta.

Yorkshire's Swaledale Cheese Co will be displaying its cow and ewe's milk cheeses, which have recently been awarded European PDO status.

Fivemiletown Creamery will be showcasing its awardwinning Ballybrie soft cheese and creamy Cheddars, which have recently gone on sale in France's Galeries Lafayette chain of upmarket stores. It is hoping to replicate the success it had at 2005's World Cheese Awards.

UK-based company Lacto Vision is one of the first companies to import traditional Bulgarian white cheese in brine and authentic Bulgarian natural yoghurt into Britain.

The Bath-based Fine Cheese Company will be displaying its wares, and says it can offer a tiered cheese wedding cake for any brides who don't have a sweet tooth.

Other exhibitors include The

Co-operative Group, with its distinctive range of Cheddars; Delamere Dairy, with new goat's milk dairy products; Milk Link; and Wensleydale Dairy Products.

Dairy producers from around the world will also be showing their

products. Exhibitors at IFE07 include Fromagerie Guilloteau from France, Brindisa from Spain and a creamery from the Isle of Man. Emmi from Switzerland will bring its range of dairy ingredients and milk energy drinks, based on whey.