"For British cheesemakers Somerdale represents a straight forward and highly reliable route to market for their cheeses. Through partnering with Somerdale they are able to access our in-depth understanding of international import procedures and regulations, an established network of customers and distributors and our expertise in marketing British cheeses to the world. As such, Somerdale represents a relatively risk free and low cost way of developing their export sales, whilst Somerdale benefits from being able to offer our customers some of the finest British cheeses there are.”
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Founded by Stephen Jones and Ernie Waldron, Somerdale International exports over 250 British cheeses to over 50 countries across the globe. It has long established partnerships with many of the highest quality cheese producers in Great Britain and this allows it to offer a comprehensive range of award winning traditional, quintessentially British, cheeses. At the same time, it is able to work with its supply partners to develop new cheeses, brands and packaging formats to meet the diverse requirements of the international marketplace.
Many of its cheese suppliers are long established, family-run, producers who care passionately about producing cheeses of the highest quality, consistency and taste. Located across Britain Somerdale’s cheese suppliers include award winning producers such as Barbers based in Somerset, Joseph Heler in Cheshire, Long Clawson in Leicestershire, Quickes in Devon, Singletons in Lancashire and The Abergavenny Fine Food Company in South Wales.
Somerdale’s range of cheeses also includes its own brands specifically developed for export markets including the eponymously named Somerdale and Westminster Cheese ranges. While many of the cheeses it offers customers are very traditional, Somerdale is also proud of its ability to innovate and create new cheeses for international markets. A good example being the very popular ‘Il Truffelino’ which combines the creamy texture of Classic English Cheddar with the complex and luxuriant flavour of Black Summer Truffle and the Somerdale Poacher's Cheddar which brings together two amazing flavours, creamy smooth Cheddar with wonderfully sweet caramelized onions.
It is the second time Somerdale International has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade having also received it in 2009.