Isle of Bute Cheddar Enjoys Gold and Silver Success at the Royal Welsh Show

Employees at the Rothesay Creamery are celebrating a gold and silver award from this year's prestigious Royal Welsh Show.

The creamery, which is owned by First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned co-operative, collected the gold for the Isle of Bute Mature cheddar and lifted the silver in the reduced fat category.

Creamery manager, Alex Home, said his team was absolutely delighted at the success. "It is great for the reputation of the Rothesay 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 had already kicked off a successful 2009 cheese show season, winning a gold, four silvers and two bronzes at the Royal Highland Show and a bronze at the Bath & West Show, bringing their tally for the year so far to ten.

The Rothesay Creamery, which employs 17 staff, is in the heart of an important producer area for First Milk. "We have 15 producers on the island and one on the Cowal peninsula 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 Bute 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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