Bid to be flavour of the month

Harriet Southall, of the Northumberland Cheese Company.
Harriet Southall, of the Northumberland Cheese Company.

A SPECIALIST Northumbrian food producer could soon see its products on the shelves of a major supermarket chain.

The Northumberland Cheese Company, which is based at Blagdon, has been shortlisted for a Waitrose product selection process alongside nine other suppliers from across the region.

The business showcased its goats, sheep and cows’ milk cheeses at a Meet The Producer event hosted by regional food and drink group Taste North East.

Eighteen suppliers were selected to present their products to Waitrose’s local and regional product sourcing team of Tracey Marshall and Oliver O’Mara, and more than half made it through to the next phase of the selection process.

Mr O’Mara said: “We currently stock more than 2,500 locally-sourced products and we find Taste North East’s expertise is invaluable when building upon this.

“We work hard to ensure our stores have a fantastic selection of local produce and, especially with our plans to increase the number of branches, we are always looking to uncover local gems that our customers will love.”

The Northumberland Cheese Company will find out later this month if its products will be stocked by the supermarket.