Clandeboye Estate, Northern Ireland’s only producer of yoghurt, has been named Best in the UK at the highly influential Quality Food Awards, which recognise and reward products leading the way in the market.
The company, based on an estate near Bangor in Co Down, gained the outstanding recognition for the quality and rich flavours of its multi-award-winning Madagascan Vanilla Greek Style Yoghurt in the hotly contested Dairy category of the awards.
Clandeboye, which sources fresh milk from the estate’s pedigree and award-winning dairy herd, was chosen by the expert judges over rival dairy products from Aldi, Arla Foods, Asda and Castle Dairies.
Clandeboye now supplies its range of yoghurts to every supermarket in Northern Ireland and to several in the Republic of Ireland including Aldi Ireland.
The ambitious company is currently finalising a state-of-the-art creamery on the estate which will provide scope to grow sales in Great Britain, its key target market. It has already received approaches from retailers in Britain for its Greek style and fruit-infused yoghurts.
The new factory will enable Clandeboye to quadruple production of its luxury yoghurts using fresh milk from the historic estate’s own pedigree Jersey/Holstein herd.
Everything from grazing to production takes place within the Clandeboye Estate. Milk is sourced daily from the herd and those of other local producers offering a complete ‘farm-to-spoon’ journey.
The farm currently boasts a herd of around 70 Holsteins and 30 Jerseys which have won a string of major UK and Irish championship ribbons and herd competition trophies.
As the only yoghurt manufacturer now located in Northern Ireland, Clandeboye’s mission is to grow the business as sustainably as possible and to maintain the high quality of its natural handcrafted yoghurt offering. The estate has invested extensively in sustainability initiatives.
Clandeboye Estate’s range of Greek style and natural yoghurts were officially launched in 2008 as a farm diversification project by owner the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava who died last October.