Bodnant to sell new smoked cheese across the UK
After successful trials in its own farm shop, Bodnant Welsh Food will now supply its dairy’s Abermwg smoked cheese to independent retailers across the UK.
Abermwg is made by smoking the food centre’s flagship Aberwen cows’ milk cheese over oak and beech chips at fellow North Wales business Chirk Trout Farm & Food Smokery.
The cheese, which has a tawny orange rind, will be available to retailers and restaurants through distributors Blas ar Fwyd, Caws Cymru, Castell Howell, Michael Lee and Carron Lodge.
“This is another successful story for our on-site dairy, and a great way to start 2015,” said Bodnant’s managing director Chris Morton. “Feedback from our customers who have been sampling the cheese has been very positive and so we are now going into full production. We’ve got more innovations in the coming months, so we will be keeping the dairy very busy.”
Last month, the food centre announced a deal to supply around 40 Sainsburys deli counters exclusively with its Bodnant Valley White cheese.
All of Bodnant Welsh Food’s cheeses are produced in its on-site dairy, which is run by cheese-maker Aled Rowlands.
More than 80 people are employed across the Bodnant Welsh Food site, in Tal-y-cafn in the Conwy valley, which features a wine cellar, bakery, butchery, tea rooms, restaurant and a farm shop featuring the wares of more than 100 Welsh artisan producers.
Opened by Prince Charles in July 2012, the centre has seen its revenue rise 35% to £2.4m in the last year.