Isle of Arran Cheddar Enjoys Gold and Silver Success

Employees at the Torrylinn Creamery are celebrating a gold and silver award from the recent cheese shows.

The creamery, which is owned by First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned co-operative, scooped gold at the Great Yorkshire Show and topped that off with a silver at this week's prestigious Royal Welsh Show.

Creamery manager, Alex Home, said his team was absolutely delighted at the success. "It is great for the reputation of the Torrylinn Creamery to be known as a producer of award-winning cheese. Existing and potential customers take notice of who's winning the big prizes so it is important for the profile of our brand to be victorious at these shows."

The creamery is enjoying a successful 2009 cheese show season, having already won a silver and three bronzes at the Royal Highland Show and a bronze at the Bath & West Show, bringing their tally for the year to seven.

"The creamery, which employs seven staff, is at the heart of Arran's dairy industry. We have three producers on the island so it is a very tight-knit area. Our members are delighted that they own their own creamery which is right on their doorstep, producing 100% Scottish cheddar using only 100% Scottish milk."

As well as creating the award-winning Isle of Arran cheddar, the creamery also supplies a number of the key retailers in the UK with private label cheese.

"Regional provenance is important to consumers who want to know where their cheese is coming from – and that they are also supporting local farmers," added Mr Home.

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