Ballylisk of Armagh has won its first business outside Northern Ireland for its unique Triple Rose cheese.
The farm-based dairy business is supplying its triple cream cheese to Heritage Cheese at London’s iconic Borough Market, which the Northern Ireland company sees as a significant breakthrough in Britain, a target market.
In addition, Ballylisk, which sources milk from its own grass-fed herd, has won business in Portugal from a top hotel group and has had inquiries from Switzerland.
Ballylisk’s Dean Wright, pictured above, says the company is delighted to have won business abroad just a few months after the launch of the new Brie-style cheese. “It’s a tremendous development for us and a great endorsement of the outstanding taste and premium quality of our cheese,” Dean adds.
“We met Heritage Cheese during a Northern Ireland food and drink promotion over St Patrick’s week at the market. They loved the cheese and kept in contact with us. We’ve now supplied Heritage with a significant quantity of our cheese.
“Feedback from Enrico Messora and his team at Heritage has been extremely positive and encouraging. And we appreciate the support from such a respected and discerning cheese retailer.”
Ballylisk has also been endorsed by many of the UK’s leading chefs and food critics.
Uniquely, Ballylisk only processes milk produced on the family dairy farm. The family has many years’ experience of producing the highest quality milk.
This means Ballylisk has total control over its entire operation, from ‘farm to fork’. All produce is branded ‘Ballylisk of Armagh’.
Triple Rose is the company’s first, bespoke offering and is a triple cream cheese. This rich, decadent cheese is made from pasteurised cow’s milk with added cream. It has a white mould with its full-flavour balanced by salty, lemony notes.
Further cheeses are in development. These include a semi-soft blue and a high end Brie.
Ballylisk also plans to launch a range of artisan butter and flavoured butters. All of these innovative offerings are currently under development.