Mull of Kintyre Cheese Wins Gold At The Royal Highland Show
Employees at the Campbeltown Creamery are celebrating a gold award from this year's prestigious Royal Highland Show for their Extra Mature Cheese.
The creamery, which is owned by First Milk, the UK's largest farmer-owned co-operative, also scooped a silver and two bronze awards at the show.
Chris Wareham, General Manager at the creamery, said his team were absolutely delighted at their success: "Cheese shows are the shop window for our products and we know existing and potential customers take notice of who's winning the big prizes so it is great for our reputation to be known as a producer of award-winning cheese."
The Campbeltown Creamery, which employs 28 staff, is in the heart of an important producer area for First Milk. "We have 42 producers on the Kintyre peninsula and the Isle of Gigha so it is a very tight-knit area. Our members are delighted that they own their own creamery which is right on their doorstep which produces 100% Scottish cheddar using only 100% Scottish milk."
As well as creating the award-winning Mull of Kintyre cheese, 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 Wareham.
"Buying the Mull of Kintyre brand means that consumers know that the milk is local and the cheese is local – and now it is also award-winning cheese."
Notes to Editors
First Milk is the largest dairy farmer co-operative in the UK. Its members' farms stretch from Central Scotland to the South of England and from West Wales to East Anglia. The business has three divisions: Milk Operations; Cheese and Ingredients. Milk Operations handles approximately 1.8 billion litres of milk per annum from around 2600 producers. The milk is supplied to First Milk's cheese business and to many of the leading names in the industry. The First Milk Cheese Company is the largest UK-based cheese supplier.
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