Cheese­maker to take part in ‘Food He­roes’ pro­gramme

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A Wick­low cheese­maker is one of seven com­pa­nies cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond ever ‘Food He­roes’ pro­gramme.

‘Food He­roes’ was de­vised by Bord Bia and Com­pass Group Ire­land to help small and medium-sized com­pa­nies de­velop their food ser­vice busi­nesses. The pro­gramme pro­vides com­pa­nies with tai­lored sup­port and the nec­es­sary skills to as­sist them to se­cure busi­ness with Com­pass Group Ire­land, the coun­try’s lead­ing food and sup­port ser­vices com­pany.

John Hem­pen­stall from Wick­low Farm­house Cheese is one of the seven par­tic­i­pants in this year’s pro­gramme.

Wick­low Farm­house Cheese is a fam­ily-owned busi­ness that has op­er­ated since 2005. The Hem­pen­stall fam­ily farm is lo­cated at Cur­ranstown, near Arklow. The com­pany’s award-win­ning cheeses are pro­duced us­ing milk from the fam­ily’s Friesian herd and are hand­made in a pur­pose-built dairy on the farm by the Hem­pen­stall fam­ily. The range of prod­ucts now in­cludes Wick­low Blue Brie, Wick­low Bán Brie, St Kevin, nat­u­ral but­ter­milk and cream and a se­lec­tion of Wick­low Gold Ched­dar cheeses.

The six other Ir­ish com­pa­nies cho­sen are Galmere Fresh Foods, a pro­ducer of soups and sauces; butch­ers Jack & Keith Mol­loy Broth­ers; McCloskey’s Bak­ery; stuff­ing and in­gre­di­ents sup­plier Mr Crumb; O’Ke­effe’s Bak­ery; and Nu­traplen­ish, Ire­land’s first pro­ducer of pro­tein wa­ter.

John Hem­pen­stall of Wick­low Farm­house Cheese.

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