Fivemiletown Creamery - selling cheese to the French!

Economy Minister Arlene Foster today praised Fivemiletown Creamery for its continued export success and growth.

Arlene Foster was speaking during a visit to the company. The Minister said: “It is very encouraging that Fivemiletown Creamery, which is celebrating 110 years trading this year, continues to develop new international customers for its speciality cheeses. Orders have been received from Galeries Lafayette in France, Tony’s Supermarkets in Boston and from outlets as far away as Asia.

“Innovation is at the heart of this success, coupled with quality customer service and high productivity. This indigenous company is continuing to grow following the recent purchase of Cavan-based Ryefield Farms, the re-launch of the Boilíe cheese business and its ongoing investment to build its brand, improve productivity and increase overall competitiveness.

“With the recent substantial reduction in the price of commodity dairy products it is important that local companies follow the example shown by Fivemiletown in its commitment to innovation, product development and export growth. I plan to meet with Dairy UK over the coming weeks to investigate how the Northern Ireland milk processing sector can become less reliant on powder production and process more milk into higher value products.”

The Minister also said that companies such as Fivemiletown Creamery play a key role in the wealth creation in predominantly rural communities. Arlene Foster said: “This company is making an important contribution to the economic well-being of the surrounding area, employing over 50 people and sourcing milk from local farms.

“I am keen for more local businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises, to use the support provided by Invest NI and government, in order to achieve growth and increase export levels.

“Fivemiletown Creamery is one of many food companies benefiting from Invest NI support initiatives and programmes. These include client-buyer meetings for food companies to increase external and export sales, as well as schemes to develop new products, improve brand recognition and to improve processes.

“Our aim is to assist companies in this most important sector to become more competitive and successful in markets outside Northern Ireland.”