Scottish creamery scoops top prize
BBC Radio Four's Food and Farming Awards 2011 has recognised the very best of food and drink from across the UK, with the winner of the Best Food Producer category hailing from Scotland.
Congratulating Loch Arthur Creamery, winner of Best Food Producer category, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
"I'd like to congratulate Loch Arthur Creamery of Dumfries on winning Best Food Producer in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011. This is a fantastic achievement seeing off tough competition from across the UK and is rightful recognition of the high-calibre of Scotland's food and drink. I wish Loch Arthur and all the other outstanding Scottish nominees every success for the future, each one is a credit to Scotland."
Mr Lochhead visited one of the other finalists Carol McMath in her kitchen last week. The four Scottish finalists were: Carol McMath, Kibble Care and Education Centre (Best Dinner Lady/Public Caterer), Golspie Mill, Sutherland and Loch Arthur Creamery, Dumfries (Best Food Producer) and the Hebridean distillers Bruichladdich, Islay (Best Drinks Producer).
The Loch Arthur Community in Dumfries offers people with learning disabilities an opportunity to live and work together.
The creamery was one of Loch Arthur's earliest ventures, when they started producing cheese in 1985. They now produce sought-after and award-winning organic farmhouse cheeses, which are handmade and produced from their own milk and that of local farms, sold in their own farm shop and in cheese mongers and delicatessens throughout the UK.