Business as usual as new Torrylinn cheese launched

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The Torrylinn Creamery may be up for sale but it has not stopped owners First Milk from launching a new range of cheeses in a major marketing push.

The owners, who put the creamery on the market last month, said it was ‘business as usual’ as they launched their new cheeses in the Big Co-op in Brodick last week.

In addition to their popular extra mature cheddar, the creamery has produced a range of flavoured cheese which include cracked black pepper, lime and chilli and a caramalised onion. The have also launched a new cheese with a seaweed extract in Marks and Spencer.

The extra mature cheddar is now available in a much wider range of pack sizes and has a much bigger display in the main Brodick Co-op. Their distinctive  island shaped cheeses are also still available at the creamery but, due to their time consuming nature and considerable waste, they are not available elsewhere.

The new products were in development before First Milk announced that the creamery, along with a second in Campbeltown, were to be put up for sale in April. They said the two sites were ‘not a strategic fit’ for the company which is Britain’s biggest farming co-operative.

A number of discussions is already said to have taken place with interested buyers and the Scottish government has given a commitment to assist with any sale.

A spokesman for First Milk said: ‘It is business as usual throughout the sale process. As we’ve said before, we are committed to finding a buyer for the site and will work with any prospective buyer to ensure a smooth transition.’

Lisa Connie and Paul Stewart of First Milk hand out samples of the new cheese in the Co-op. 01_B22torrylinn-01