Belfast Telegraph

Cheesemaker scores with contract to supply Old Trafford

Superstar Manchester United footballers could soon be tucking into award-winning cheese made by an Ulster farmers' co-op.

Fivemiletown Creamery's Ballyblue brie cheese has joined the menu at the club's Red restaurant at Old Trafford.

The listing is the latest in a string of new contracts clinched by the speciality cheesemaker, including a new deal to supply a full range of cheeses to Shoprite, the Isle of Man's leading supermarket chain.

The company has traded on the island for almost 40 years, serving island natives and Northern Ireland holiday makers.

Fivemiletown Creamery, in Co Tyrone, employs 80 people in the handmade production of premium quality soft cheese.

It has gained major international recognition for quality at events such as the World Cheese Awards, the Nantwich International Cheese Festival and the UK Great Taste Awards.

Owen Jones, Fivemiletown Creamery's business development manager in Great Britain, said gaining a listing at Red restaurant is a tremendous endorsement of the company's cheese.

"Our aim is to encourage the caterers to list other products and to win contracts from other football clubs and sporting organisations across the United Kingdom and Ireland," he said.

"What attracted Shoprite to Fivemiletown was the very broad range of cheese that we are now able to offer.

"The contract gives us a firm platform for growth in a marketplace which attracts around 300,000 visitors annually to participate in international events including the highly successful TT Races."