New group to raise profile of Scottish artisan cheese
A new networking group for Scottish artisan cheese producers is set to raise the sector’s profile south of the border after officially launching this month.
Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland, which began as an informal group of producers last summer, will focus on collaborative marketing between Scottish producers.
It will also enable them to share know-how on practical and technical issues, with activities ranging from social media training to technical presentations on starter cultures from leading university academics.
The network, which launched officially last week, numbers more than a dozen producers who are also members of the Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association, including Highland Fine Cheeses, Dunlop Dairy and Barwheys. Jane Stewart of St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese is chairing the group.
“We all feel that Scottish cheeses are not well represented south of the border,” Stewart said.
As part of the educational element, the group is intending to offer internships with Scottish cheese-makers to help newcomers learn the trade, she added.