Archive Article: 2002/06/21

21 June 2002

A market for the milk from the 25 dairy farms scattered across the Orkney islands has been secured with the opening of a new £5m creamery.

Princess Anne officially opened the custom-built facility, which will allow the Orkney Cheese Company, which has produced Orkney Cheddar since the end of the Second World War, to meet new waste management and food hygiene regulations.

Dairy farmers, the local council and cheese merchant A McLelland and Son are all shareholders in the business, which uses traditional methods to produce 1500t a year of cheese which is sold at a premium to supermarkets and grocers throughout Britain.

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