10th January 2017

Wensleydale Creamery reaches twenty year milestone

The well known Yorkshire Dales cheesemaker, Wensleydale Creamery has just celebrated the twenty year anniversary of the founding of its Milk Producer Group. The group now has over forty farms in the area supplying milk for the creamery and is on the lookout for more farms to join it.

The creamery based at Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has just enjoyed a £5 million investment into its cheese and dairy production and is predicting a bright start to 2017. Thanks to the creamery providing milk payments, other payments and wages it is able to pump around £12 million into the local economy. The famous award winning Wensleydale Cheese is popular throughout the country and internationally and the creamery has seen a growth in sales each year with last Christmas being one of the busiest times for the business. The cheese is even the favourite of the animated characters, Wallace and Gromit and has European Protected Name Status which means that only cheese produced in Wensleydale can be named as such.

The managing director of Wensleydale Creamery, David Hartley is justifiably proud of its Yorkshire background and is pleased to celebrate the twenty years of the Milk Producer Group working together and supporting each other where necessary over the years. He thanked all the farmers supplying the creamery with top quality milk from which the award winning cheeses, butter, yoghurts and other dairy products are produced. The chairman of the Wensleydale Milk Producer Group, Matthew Bell stated that the twentieth anniversary of the group was a great opportunity for all the suppliers to come together and celebrate the importance of the Wensleydale Creamery for the local economy in the Yorkshire Dales especially during the tough economic environment. He commented that the suppliers need to continue to work closely with the creamery in supplying the milk to it and that the success of the creamery continues over the next twenty years. Creamery workers, supplying farmers and milk tanker drivers were among those who enjoyed a four course dinner in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Milk Producer Group which was fittingly held at the Calvert's Restaurant in the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre.

The Wensleydale Creamery is open to visitors every day. Come and enjoy the Wensleydale Cheese Experience where cheese making can be seen at close quarters from the viewing gallery and there is an informative museum. Sample some of the cheeses and feel free to pop into the coffee shop or restaurant on site, before stocking up on the superb selection of cheeses in our shop before heading home.