During challenging periods for the agricultural community, M&S is continuing to reinforce its commitment to British farming. One of the 10,000 British suppliers it’s shining a spotlight on this season is Cropwell Bishop-based cheese maker, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, which specialises in Stilton. The retailer has worked with the family-run business since the 1960’s, and together they remain dedicated to providing customers with fantastic quality, locally grown produce.
Cropwell Bishop Creamery is run by the Skailes family who has been making and selling cheese for more than 160 years, specialising in good quality handmade cheese using local ingredients. Stilton represents 90% of the cheese produced, along with Blue Shropshire and soft blue cheese. Cropwell Bishop Creamery is the only Stilton dairy farm – and the only supplier of organic Stilton – in the UK, using traditional cheese making methods that have been passed down through the family.
Cropwell Bishop Creamery boasts an impressive display of awards and are founding patrons of the Academy of Cheese. The Organic Cropwell Bishop Stilton will be available in M&S stores from mid-July and they expect to provide M&S with approximately 200,000 blocks this year alone.
Robin Skailes, Head Cheese Maker and Director said: “M&S’s commitment to British farming is more relevant than ever, and we’re proud of our partnership with the retailer. During the current climate, all farmers and producers have needed to adapt to ensure we can continue to supply the nation – we’ve been working closely with M&S to make sure customers will be able to enjoy our Organic Cropwell Bishop Stilton throughout the year.”
Chris Dawson, Cheese Buyer at M&S added: “Our family of 10,000 British farmers and producers enable us to deliver fantastic quality for our customers, especially throughout these last few challenging months, and they continue to do so as we move forward together. We are committed to supporting our suppliers and Cropwell Bishop Creamery is a fantastic example of a family-run business helping to provide the nation with fantastic quality cheese. We encourage everyone to try different varieties of British cheese and we hope they enjoy our new Organic Cropwell Bishop Stilton when it hits shelves in July.”
Every pack of M&S Organic Cropwell Bishop Stilton is 100% British, made by Cropwell Bishop Creamery for brilliant quality, taste and freshness.