The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially open South Caernarfon Creameries new cheese production unit
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened South Caernarfon Creameries’ new cheese production unit on Tuesday 5thJuly.
Their Royal Highnesses toured the Creameries’ site, met with staff and members of the dairy co-operative, which is owned by 127 farmers who farm in North Wales and Mid Wales. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall also had an opportunity to taste some of South Caernarfon Creameries award-winning cheese, including the Welsh Slate Cavern Cheddar that was created in conjunction with Sainsbury’s and Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Alan Wyn Jones, Managing Director at South Caernarfon Creameries said “We are very honoured that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened our new cheese facility, which is the first major cheese production investment in the UK for 40 years. We welcomed the opportunity to show Their Royal Highnesses our new facilities and to provide an insight into our co-operative business, how our member farmers supply high quality Welsh milk which is processed into quality, award-winning Welsh cheese and Welsh butter which we sell to UK retailers and to international markets.”
Moss Jones, President of South Caernarfon Creameries said “We are so thankful to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for finding time in their busy schedule to come to South Caernarfon Creameries. We would like to thank both The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for their steadfast and long-standing support for traditional Welsh family farms, which have formed the backbone of the creamery since it was established in 1938.”
Malcolm Hughes of Yoke House Pwlhelli who said: “The new cheese production unit is a very positive thing for the Creamery and we are pleased that The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall took time out of their day to officially open it.”
Eleanor Jones of Denbighshire has been a member farmer for 2 years since diversifying into dairy farming “Both the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were very knowledgeable about farming and they were both very interested in our background and our farm”
The Prince of Wales has a longstanding commitment to supporting Britain's agriculture and ensuring its sustainable future. In 2010, HRH founded The Prince's Countryside Fund, which aims to create a brighter future for the British countryside.
The new Cheese Production Unit will enable South Caernarfon Creameries to increase capacity from 9,500 tonnes to 12,000 tonnes of cheese per annum.
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South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales' oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operative. Based on the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales, as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and can be identified on the map as the pointing crooked ‘finger’, South Caernarfon Creameries is at the heart of this community. The family owned dairy farm co-operative members are located in North Wales, Mid Wales and Ceredigion and supply the Creamery with exceptional quality milk thanks to their cows that graze on the lush Welsh pastures. South Caernarfon Creameries produces exceptional quality Welsh cheese and Welsh butter that have been recognised by major awards and is available from local Welsh stores through to major multiples across the UK and also internationally.
South Caernarfon Creameries is Wales’ largest and oldest farmer-owned dairy co-operative with around 130 member supplier farmers who are located across North and Mid Wales.
In early 2016 South Caernarfon Creameries’ Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar won the Best Dairy Product 2016 at the Food Management Today Industry Awards for their Welsh Slate Cavern Aged Cheddar. This cheese was developed exclusively for Sainsbury’s and in conjunction with Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is sold nationally throughout the UK under their Taste the Difference brand in retail and deli format.