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Blue Stilton production in Derbyshire ended in 2009 following the closure of a Hartington-based creamery owned by Dairy Crest, but two former employees opened a smaller dairy and were granted a licence to use the Stilton name in May 2014.
Adrian Cartlidge, director of the Hartington Creamery said, “We have achieved our primary goal of returning Stilton production to Derbyshire after a lapse of 5 years. We would like to thank our friends and families for their fantastic support and encouragement. Looking forward, we will be focused on fully meeting our customers’ requirements, and as we get more experience, looking to develop and grow the business.”
Nigel White, secretary of the Stilton Cheese Makers’ Association said, “We are delighted to welcome Hartington Creamery as the sixth dairy licensed to use the name Blue Stilton. They have undergone a series of inspections to ensure that they conform with all of the requirements of the Protected Designation of Origin and the Certification Trade Mark for Stilton Cheese.”
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