Wensleydale Creamery shortlisted for award

The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

The Wensleydale Creamery has been shortlisted as one of the UK’s finest speciality online businesses at the 2021 Farm Shop & Deli Awards in the North East Region.

The business has been recognised for how quickly the company adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic and for going above and beyond to keep the dairy industry going and supporting the local, rural economy.

The awards, which will take place via a live announcement on July 5, will celebrate specialist retailers from across the UK in recognition for their courageous commitment shown to their customers, community, staff and suppliers over the past year.

When its Visitor Centre, which ordinarily attracts 350,000 visitors every year, had to close in March 2020 in line with the first lockdown, the Wensleydale Creamery launched an online deli.

Bringing the offering of cheese, butter, and local produce online, it enabled consumers around the UK to order their favourite cheese and accompaniments and have them delivered direct to their door via mail order.

As the biggest employer in the area, the team also launched an initiative giving staff, and its supplying farmers, access to groceries via the visitor centre, which had closed to the public.

This helped to ensure cheesemaking could continue, and in turn, the creamery could continue to take in all the milk from local farms and maintain supply of cheese to customers.

Trish Cannon, director of the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for a Farm Shop & Deli Award, and for our team to be recognised for all their hard work.

“Here at the Wensleydale Creamery, we are determined to do whatever we can to bring happiness to homes and support our customers by helping them get their favourite cheese delivered to their door.

“When the pandemic first hit and supermarkets were facing increasing demand and pressure, we didn’t want to see people go without the everyday essentials or miss out on any much-loved treats – so we launched our online deli to ensure everyone was able to easily access our award-winning cheeses, as well as supporting other local Yorkshire businesses whose delicious food products and locally-made gifts are available through our mail order.

“The online deli is a great place to discover gifts, with a wide range of local produce on offer. It is a fantastic way to treat yourself or send special gifts to your loved ones, while supporting the small, local, artisan businesses we work with.”

For more information, please visit www.wensleydale.co.uk/shop.

The list of all shortlisted retailers can be found via the link on the Awards website: www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards.