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Creamery’s fruitful deal

[Friday 09 January 2009]
Wensleydale Creamery's fruitful deal
(L-R): David Hartley, Managing Director of The Wensleydale
Creamery at Hawes and James Clapham, The Creamery’s
National Account Manager

THE Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes in North Yorkshire has landed a substantial new order with The Co-operative, which will add more than £1m in turnover to its business.

The deal will see The Wensleydale Creamery supply a range of blended cheeses to The Co-operative, which will be sold under The Co-operative’s own brand label.

The range will comprise of Wensleydale with Cranberries, Wensleydale with Papaya and Mango, White Stilton with Apricots, Double Gloucester with Onion and Chive, and Fountains Gold Cheddar with Cracked Black Pepper, and will be sold as 180g doorstep wedges.

The Wensleydale Creamery, which employs over 200 people over two sites, has worked with The Co-operative to develop some of the cheese recipes.

We have secured this deal thanks to The Wensleydale Creamery’s ability to create a high quality product and the blending expertise of our cheese-making master craftsmen>

David Hartley - Wensleydale Creamery

Having recently invested £360,000 in new cutting and packing equipment to cope with new orders, The Wensleydale Creamery will use this machinery as part of the production process for The Co-operative’s new cheese range.

David Hartley, The Creamery’s managing director, said: “This is a substantial amount of business which will add £1m to our annual turnover.

“We have secured this deal thanks to The Wensleydale Creamery’s ability to create a high quality product and the blending expertise of our cheese-making master craftsmen.”

Mark Cloudy, The Co-operative’s cheese buyer, said: “The Co-operative prides itself on the range and quality of the goods it sells, and teaming up with the experts at The Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes will enable The Co-operative to offer a mouth-watering range of high quality blended cheeses to our customers.”

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