Orkney Cheddar granted protected status by the European Union

12 Dec 2013
Orkney cheddar has been granted protected status by the European Union. Only a very few other Scottish food products have PGI status.
 
Tim Deakin, General Manager at Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar said:
 
“The whole company is delighted to receive PGI status, in recognition of the fact that Orkney Cheddar is produced with locally sourced milk from the Orkney Isles following a traditional recipe and process. Production is a marrying of the local Orkney Island milk and the crafted techniques of its forefathers who created the cheese in 1946 and have passed down their expertise through generations of Orcadian dairy farmers.
 
“The accreditation communicates to our consumers the uniqueness and heritage of Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar, which differs from other traditional cheddars due to its unique dry stir production method.
 
“The history of our product is equally unusual; the creamery was built after World War II on the site of a former RAF base just outside Kirkwall. At the end of the war, the departure of 60,000 servicemen and women stationed on the islands left a surplus of milk amongst the local dairy farmers. They decided to join forces and ever since, the production of Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar has remained true to traditional methods.”

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