Creamery's cheese to take-off in airline deal
Cheese from a co-operative of farmers in Tyrone will fly around the world after a major caterer signed up to serve it to passengers during flights.
Fivemiletown Creamery's goats' cheese pearls and mild goats' log will feature in passengers' meals after it reached a deal for an undisclosed sum with caterer Gate Gourmet.
The international caterer is based at Heathrow and will feature the products in meals prepared for an airline it serves.
Fivemiletown, which has 80 staff, said the deal was a "major breakthrough" in the international food service industry.
Business development manager Owen Jones said: "Being chosen by Gate Gourmet for meals is a marvellous endorsement of the quality of our Boilie goats' cheese pearls and our goats' log.
"Both products have won Great Taste and International Cheese Festival awards.
"Boilie in particular is developing into a major international success because it is marinaded to provide a rich and distinctive flavour that's ideal for salads.
"The contract with Gate Gourmet is strategically important for us because it represents very significant business for us in foodservice, a sector that we've targeted for faster growth with high profile clients outside Northern Ireland.
"We are looking forward to continuing to work with Gate Gourmet on the creation of deliciously different meals that use our range of award-winning soft cheeses."
Fivemiletown's cheeses are made from milk supplied by 60 farmers working together in a co-operative.
Gate Gourmet makes in-flight meals for some of the world's biggest airlines.