As we head into Christmas after a heady month of wrapping and packing to fulfil Christmas orders I am reminded how extraordinary the artisan cheese industry really is.
2022 has seen Hampshire Cheese Company make 315,000 cheeses. Every stage of this is done by hand and with extraordinary care. The milk that comes into the creamery every morning is tested and the formula adjusted to ensure that the quality of both Tunworth and Winslade remains high.
Our customers – whether Michelin starred restaurants, award winning chefs or cheese lovers buying from specialist cheese counters – have come to expect the exceptional every time. This quality is delivered from our dedicated team of just ten, led by the talented Charlotte Spruce. Their passion for cheesemaking means that they operate like a well conducted orchestra – all in sync with one another.
It is to this extraordinary dedicated team that we can attribute the success of our cheeses, again this year receiving gold and silver awards from the World, British and Artisan Cheese Awards. These industry accolades are considerable given the burgeoning artisan cheese market. It is a delight to see our customers increasingly recognising and demanding the quality that can be delivered by artisan cheese, and I am personally thrilled to see British and Irish cheeses take centre stage.
We look forward to 2023 and wish you all a wonderful Christmas.