Cheesemaker to take part in ‘Food Heroes’ programme
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.