Sandra Bell: Creamy, crumbly, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is the original Wensleydale cheese, handcrafted in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s handcrafted to a time-honoured recipe using milk from local family farms.
Combined with The Creamery’s unique starter cultures and traditional skills, it creates a flavoursome cheese that only the Dales can offer and sits within the ‘Crumbly Territorial’ category.
Sandra Bell: Our blended cheeses include the popular Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Apricots and a Naturally Smoked Yorkshire Wensleydale.
The Creamery also produces a premium cheese range, launched in July 2012, incorporating the award-winning Wensleydale Blue, Sheep’s Milk Wensleydale, Kit Calvert ‘Old-Fashioned’ Yorkshire Wensleydale and Fountain’s Gold Cheddar.
We have a new limited edition Yorkshire Wensleydale with Salted Caramel.
Sandra Bell: The Wensleydale Creamery’s Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese has recently achieved Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. The European PGI logo has been added to help consumers differentiate.
The Creamery also introduced a range of blended, sliced cheese in March 2013 owing to consumer demand for convenient cheese options.
Sandra Bell: We all know that Wallace’s favourite cheese is Wensleydale! However, not many know that at the Wensleydale Creamery, we knew nothing of this until we received a cryptic message on a postcard on Christmas Eve of 1995 from Vernon Sproxton, the father of David Sproxton, who set up Aardman Animations with Peter Lord, saying that it would be in our interest to tune in to watch the Wallace & Gromit short film A Close Shave, which was to be aired that evening.
The Wallace & Gromit gift boxes and cheeses were created and are popular with our Wensleydale cheese consumers and Wallace & Gromit fans to this day.
Sandra Bell: International exports now account for 14% of The Wensleydale Creamery’s business, with its range of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese being exported around the world. The majority of which is currently sold to the US, where Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries is in high demand. However, other countries include Sweden, Hong Kong, Australia, Dubai and China.
Sandra Bell: We have just returned from the Gulfood trade show in Dubai, where we experienced a huge interest from the Middle East.
Sandra Bell: European cheeses tend to be dominated by the French, Italian German and Dutch varieties, all of which are very different to our Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. The closest relation to Yorkshire Wensleydale would be Feta, so it can be understood.
Our portfolio of blended and premium cheese provide the ideal complement and fit to the cheeses in Europe, and we have experienced substantial interest and demand.
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