Belfast Telegraph

The sweet smell of success for Tyrone cheese company

By Margaret Canning

A Cheese product by a creamery in Co Tyrone has won a major international award.

The goats cheese pearls made by Fivemiletown Creamery won the award for speciality outstanding food innovation (SOFI) at the New York Fancy Food Show.

It was developed with The Fine Cheese Company in Bath.

Owen Jones, Fivemiletown's business development manager, said: "Winning a SOFI Award is a tremendous honour and a marvellous endorsement of the innovation and quality of our cheese. We use fresh goats' curd, and marinated the cheese in sunflower oil, garlic and herbs.

"We were delighted to work with the Fine Cheese Company on the development of this highly innovative product. It was tremendous when The Fine Cheese Company entered the product in this competition and then to be part of a winning collaboration that will have a very positive impact on sales in the US and internationally."

The Summer Fancy Food Show was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from June 30 to July 2, 2013.

The show featured 180,000 products including confectionery, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices as well as ethnic, natural and organic produce from around 2,500 mostly North American firms.

Fivemiletown Creamery was founded in 1898 and is one of Ireland's oldest creameries.

It is a farmer-owned co-operative which gathers milk from around 60 dairy farmers around Tyrone and Fermanagh.

It employs 50 people and specialises in making soft cheese for retailers and caterers in the UK, Ireland and some parts of Europe.