British Cheese Debuts in The Philippines

Somerdale International has for the first time commenced the export of a range of great tasting British cheeses to The Philippines. Somerdale’s entry into the new market will see it work in partnership with Bacchus Epicerie, the Philippines-based supplier of fine wines and foods to leading restaurants, hotels and specialist retailers.  

The launch, on Wednesday 25 January, was marked by a cheese and wine tasting event at the official residence of the British Ambassador in Manila which was attended by over 100 guests from major hotel and restaurant groups, influential food bloggers, local press and embassy officials.   

Bacchus will initially stock great tasting traditional cheeses such as the award winning ‘Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve’ Cheddar, Somerdale’s unique ‘Il Truffelino’ which combines the creamy texture of Classic English Cheddar with the complex and luxuriant flavour of Black Summer Truffle, as well as that most quintessential of British cheeses, Blue Stilton.

Reaction to the British cheeses being sampled was very positive with many looking forward to using them in the future.


Official Residence of The British Ambassador to The Philippines

Official Residence of The British Ambassador to The Philippines

"These are the most wonderful cheeses I have tasted in a very long time. I am certain that Manila will soon fall in love with your products, and we look forward to working with them in our hotels and resorts.”

David Pardo de Ayala - General Manager, Discovery Hotels and Resorts


"We are delighted to be supplying our British cheeses to The Philippines for the first time.  Although currently a relatively small market there is a growing demand for fine foods and wines in The Philippines and we believe that our great tasting and distinctive cheeses will be popular especially with upmarket restaurants and hotels. Looking ahead, we see South East Asia as being an important emerging market for our products and we will continue to develop relationships with key distributors in the region.”

Diana Jones - Somerdale International


Di Jones with Asif Ahmad - British Ambassador to The Philippines


Di Jones from Somerdale with Asif Ahmad - British Ambassador to The Philippines.


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