Tangy and mild Irish goat’s cheese log product will be launched by Fivemiletown Creamery, Northern Ireland’s only producer of handmade soft cheeses at Food and Drink Expo.

The award-winning log will feature among a range of Irish goat’s cheeses from the creamery which has been producing dairy products for over 100 years from milk sourced from a longstanding network of local dairy farms. This ensures the provenance of the cheeses, which are meticulously handcrafted by the creamery’s experienced team of cheesemakers.

Fivemiletown Creamery’s cheese will be displayed on the Northern Ireland Naturally presentation (F140/F130).

Irish Goat’s Log is available in deliciously natural and mustard flavours, As well as the logs, Fivemiletown Creamery, which has Red Tractor status for all its soft and cream cheeses, will be showing three other goat’s cheese products, branded as O’Reilly’s, in 70g pots and in three flavours – chive, mustard and natural.

The products have won a string of awards for the excellence of their taste and texture at cheese festivals throughout the UK and at international events. They are now among the creamery’s most successful lines especially in delis and farm shops throughout Britain. 

The company currently supplies over 4,000 delis and farm shops across the UK and also includes major multiples such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA, and Harvey Nichols among its customers. The cheeses are also provided in sizes suited for foodservice.

Fivemiletown Creamery’s award winning Ballyblue brie cheese has joined the team sheet at Manchester United!  ManU fans and visitors will now be able to enjoy Fivemiletown’s popular blue-veined cheese at the club’s Red restaurant at Old Trafford.

Brian Carlin, Commercial Director, Belfast International Airport, Deirdre Graffin, Business Support Executive, Belfast International Airport, and Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery's Business Development Manager, launch the creamery's award winning cheese at the airport
Brian Carlin, Commercial Director, Belfast International Airport, Deirdre Graffin, Business Support Executive, Belfast International Airport, and Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery's Business Development Manager, launch the creamery's award winning cheese at the airport

The listing at Red restaurant is the latest in a string of new contracts clinched by Fivemiletown Creamery, Northern Ireland’s pioneering producer of speciality cheese.
Among other contracts is a deal to supply speciality and cheddar cheese to Shoprite, the Isle of Man’s leading supermarket chain.

The products are already on the shelves of the 12-strong chain of stores across the island, a popular choice for Northern Ireland holidaymakers over many years. Virtually the entire range of Fivemiletown cheese will now be available on the island for the first time.

Continuous investment in skills and training has resulted in the Diageo plant at Mallusk, Newtownabbey winning recognition as among the most efficient, safest and competitive within the group, Dr Bill McGinnis, Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills, said today.

Dr McGinnis was speaking during a visit to the company which is now recognised as the world’s leading premium drinks business.  The Mallusk plant currently employs 45 people and is now the Diageo group’s main producer of the global market leading Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur.

Dr Bill McGinnis, right, Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills, pictured with Michael Hailes, Diageo plant manager
Dr Bill McGinnis, right, Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills, pictured with Michael Hailes, Diageo plant manager

Dr McGinnis, briefed by Michael Hailes, Plant Manager at Mallusk, said: “The Baileys site at Mallusk has created a highly skilled and flexible workforce which recognises the importance of vocational qualifications and the value of recognised Food and Drink Industry accreditations.

“This strategic focus on skills has led to impressive performance in terms of quality and outstanding productivity which has seen the company provide 65 per cent of the global output of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur for customers in over 130 countries.

Double celebrations for Fivemiletown Creamery during British Cheese Week with increased sales and a new Sainsbury’s contract

British Cheese Week, which took place earlier in the month, has already brought some good news for local supplier Fivemiletown Creamery. Sales of Sainsbury’s Oak Smoked Brie supplied by the company have increased by 75% since the start of 2010 while the company has also won a contract to supply its new Oakwood Smoked Grated Cheddar into 250 Sainsbury’s UK stores.

Celebrating the new Sainsbury's Contract for Fivemiletown Creamery
Celebrating the new Sainsbury's Contract for Fivemiletown Creamery

 Beginning in February 2009, Fivemiletown Creamery, which is an award winning farmer owned Co-Op, won a contract to supply Smoked Brie for Sainsbury’s Premium Taste the Difference range. 

“This was a big opportunity for us,” says Sales Manager Kevin McManus.  “We at Fivemiletown Creamery are incredibly passionate about our products, and sincerely believe that we produce some of the best cheese available anywhere in the world.  Winning awards is a great way to show this, but the real testimony comes when a retailer such as Sainsbury’s includes your product within its premium product range,” he adds.  

Fivemiletown Creamery, Northern Ireland’s only speciality cheese producer, has won a listing from 3663, the UK and Ireland’s top food wholesaler.

The creamery’s Boilíe, a distinctive Irish recipe cheese made from goat’s milk, hand rolled into a pearl shape and then marinated in garlic infused oil, is being listed by 3663. 

Fivemiletown Creamery's Boilíe, a distinctive Irish recipe cheese made from goat’s milk, hand rolled into a pearl shape and then marinated in garlic infused oil, is being listed by 3663.
Fivemiletown Creamery's Boilíe, a distinctive Irish recipe cheese made from goat’s milk, hand rolled into a pearl shape and then marinated in garlic infused oil, is being listed by 3663.

This unique cheese will enhance 3663’s extensive portfolio of products that it markets to a vast network of 60,000 customers in hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars and canteens throughout the UK and Ireland.

Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery’s Business Development Manager, who heads up the company’s sales team in Britain, says: “Securing a listing from 3663 is potentially a very important contract for us because it will mean Boilíe being marketed and distributed to the wholesaler’s huge network of catering organisations throughout the UK and Ireland. 

“The agreement with 3663 will help to increase awareness of what is a very unique and versatile cheese product and position it for further growth in the strategically important UK foodservice sector, a key business growth target for us. 

“As a result of our work with major customers, Boilíe now has a very strong position in the marketplace and is selling exceptionally well. It’s become our ‘hero’ cheese product and one now positioned for accelerated growth particularly in Great Britain. 

“We see the listing by 3663 as an important endorsement of the quality and uniqueness of Boilíe and will work closely with the wholesaler to ensure customers harness the potential of the product as a highly versatile meal option,” he adds.

 John Nelson, buyer at 3663, says: “We’ve included Boilíe in our product range because it is such a distinctive Irish cheese that will go down well with our customers. Its series of international awards for quality and taste fit in with 3663’s own standards for quality. 

“We have a longstanding commitment to support regional specialities and seek to offer our customers something new and different for meal solutions from food companies, particularly smaller businesses, throughout the UK. 

“From branded to 3663’s own branded range, we provide every food option from quality ingredients to finished meals, and we anticipate Boilíe will add to value to our portfolio.”

Christmas hampers from upmarket retailers, Harrods and John Lewis in Great Britain, this year feature hand crafted cheese from Fivemiletown Creamery in Co Tyrone.

Multi-award winning Fivemiletown Creamery is the only Northern Ireland food producer to be selected by the top London stores for their annual Christmas gift hampers. 
The speciality cheesemaker’s Bries and Oak Smoked Cheddar feature in two hampers being sold by Harrods, The £550 Regent and £225 Montpelier, as well as the top of the range hamper from John Lewis, which retails at £800 and also includes Perrier-Jouet Champagne, Courvoisier Cognac, Loch Fyne classic smoked salmon and Waitrose honey roast ham

In addition, Fivemiletown products are included in the upmarket ‘Cheese Lover’s Hamper’ from Peckham’s, Scotland's leading independent specialist food and drink merchants.

Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery’s Business Development Manager in Great Britain, described the inclusion of the company’s handmade cheese in the hampers as “a marvellous endorsement of the quality and range of our products”.

Mr Jones said: “The hampers are bought on-line and in-store and shipped as Christmas gifts throughout the UK and abroad to be enjoyed over the festive period. It’s tremendous to see our cheese alongside other international food and drink brands noted for outstanding quality. 

“The hampers will introduce our speciality cheese, especially our Brie, goat’s and smoked cheese to many people for the very first time.”

Fivemiletown Creamery is Northern Ireland’s only manufacturer of handmade speciality cheese. The company, which gained an award at the recent International Cheese Awards and has also secured a series of Great Taste Awards from the UK Guild of Fine Foods and at the Nantwich International Cheese Festival, employs 80 people in the Co Tyrone town. 

It sells more than 95 per cent of its cheese outside Northern Ireland and, well as Harrods and John Lewis, includes other international retailers Wal-Mart, Dean and de Luca, Galeries Lafayette, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and Musgraves among its regular customers.

Fivemiletown Creamery, Northern Ireland’s only speciality cheese producer, has won business from one of Asia’s biggest retail operations.

The artisan creamery, which has Red Tractor quality accreditation, is to supply a range of handcrafted and award winning soft cheeses, including its unique Boilie Irish goats’ cheese, and creamy cheddars to Dairy Farm International Holdings, headquartered in Hong Kong.

Fivemiletown Creamery’s Ballyblue speciality cheese is now on sale in Hong Kong
Fivemiletown Creamery’s Ballyblue speciality cheese is now on sale in Hong Kong

Dairy Farm operates major supermarkets in Hong Kong, including the Wellcome chain, the region’s biggest retailer, as well as in Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. 

Wellcome has more than 240 stores and serves more than 14 million customers every month in Hong Kong.

Dairy Farm and its associates operate some 5,250 outlets; employ over 81,000 people and had total annual sales in 2010 exceeding US$9 billion.

Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery’s business development manager, describes the contract, secured through a leading distributor, as “a huge boost for the creamery in one of the most dynamic international markets”.

Mr Jones says: “The contract with Dairy Farm gives us a marvellous springboard for growth in a marketplace which has a rapidly growing and affluent middle class increasingly seeking new taste experiences. China, for instance, already has 960,000 sterling millionaires. 

Creative Composites has won a contract to design and manufacture components for a radically new multi-purpose utility vehicle developed by Dundalk-based Multihog Ltd.

Creative Composites, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of composite components, will supply the complete range of interior and exterior body panels for the ground breaking vehicle.

Launching Multihog, left, James Graham, marketing manager of Creative Composites, Lisburn; Ruth McAdam, director, Multihog, Dundalk; Jonathan Holmes, commercial director, Creative Composites, Lisburn.
Launching Multihog, left, James Graham, marketing manager of Creative Composites, Lisburn; Ruth McAdam, director, Multihog, Dundalk; Jonathan Holmes, commercial director, Creative Composites, Lisburn.

The Multihog MH90, now being marketed extensively by the Co Louth manufacturer, is a unique vehicle designed for a wide range of applications including ground maintenance, farming, hedge cutting and snow blowing.

The four-wheel drive Multihog has extensive lifting and towing capabilities and features scope for a wide range of attachments.

Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director at Creative Composites, commenting on the latest contract won by the company, said: “We are delighted to be working with Multihog on what is a remarkable vehicle. Creative Composites was the ideal partner for this project as we used the latest engineering software and our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lisburn to develop components.

“This technology enabled us to produce exterior panels and other interior components for Multihog in record time, a critical factor in the vehicle’s successful launch. Multihog has benefited from our expertise in the design and manufacture of composites for automotive industry leaders which allows us to supply robust but lightweight components”.

Ruth McAdam, Multihog Director, who set up the business with father Jim 18 months ago, said: “Multihog is the Swiss Army knife of multi-purpose vehicles. It was designed to offer local authorities and other operators a robust and highly innovative vehicle that would offer a total solution for a broad range of operations.

“The design and manufacturing know how that Creative Composites is providing has undoubtedly enabled us to bring the vehicle to market faster.

“Multihog is self-propelled, diesel powered and hydrostatically driven and its extreme versatility makes it the ideal choice for a wide variety of ground care and highway maintenance applications.