Tales of extraordinary tradition

Our farmers live extraordinary lives, little has changed since Orkney Cheddar began, and here they keep you up to date with all the latest tales in the rich history of Orkney Cheddar


  • 2 Dec 2016


    We’re delighted to unveil a bright new look for our White Mature Cheddar handy pack, making it just perfect for sharing on special occasions!

    The new packs, reflecting the premium quality of Orkney Cheddar and featuring a redesigned triangle cardboard sleeve with traditional wax sealing, can be found in selected independent stores throughout Scotland … and we also hope...

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  • 14 Sep 2016

    Orkney Cheese Wins Again

    We are immensely proud to have collected several prestigious prizes and awards for our Orkney Cheese products recently.

    For the second year in a row we have returned from the Royal Highland Show with a prize for our mild white cheddar, which won bronze in the competition.

    And after last year’s success at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards, where the mild white...

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  • 12 Dec 2013

    Orkney Cheddar granted protected status by the European Union

    Orkney cheddar has been granted protected status by the European Union. Only a very few other Scottish food products have PGI status.
    Tim Deakin, General Manager at Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar said:
    “The whole company is delighted to receive PGI status, in recognition of the fact that Orkney Cheddar is produced with locally sourced milk from the Orkney...

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  • 28 Jun 2013

    Orkney at the Royal Highland Show

    During the show, Orkney could be found on stand B14 (food hall) where visitors could taste our extraordinary cheddar & win one of Tom Kitchin’s books.

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  • 28 Jun 2013

    Orkney mature white, champion cheese of the Royal Highland Show

    Orkney Cheddar is proud to have been awarded champion cheese, best cheddar & best Scottish cheese at the cheese competition of the Royal Highland Show (Edinburgh, 20-23 June 2013). Competing against brands such as Mull of Kintyre, Lake District and Lockerbie Creamery, Orkney was delighted to receive these prestigious awards.

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  • 27 Jul 2012

    Our very own Tim is a judge in Nantwich International Cheese Awards

    Not content with just winning cheese awards, Orkney Cheddar’s Factory Manager and taste guardian Tim Deakin was specially asked to be one of the main judges at the Nantwich International Cheese Awards.

    The Nantwich event has been going since 1897 and is viewed on as the Oscars of the cheese world so it was a huge honour for Tim to be recognised for his cheese palate and asked...

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  • 30 Jun 2012

    Tom’s new recipes and canapés go live

    After Tom returned from his trip to Orkney he decided to create a new set of recipes and canapés, inspired by his time on the island.

    Each is a traditional Scottish recipe, inspired by Orkney’s extraordinary tradition, and has Orkney Cheddar at its heart. Being a Michelin starred chef though, Tom wasn’t happy just following a recipe so he’s added his own...

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  • 24 Jun 2012

    Orkney Cheddar wins big at The Royal Highland Show

    It was celebrations all around at the Royal Highland Show with Orkney Cheddar walking off with a host of awards.

    All the farmers and those involved with Orkney Cheddar were delighted that Tim came back from the Edinburgh show with the following awards:

    • Gold for Mild White Cheddar,
    • Silver for Mild Coloured Cheddar,
    • Bronze for Mature White...

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  • 10 Jun 2012

    The Dairy Farmers welcome Tom Kitchin

    It was a real honour for all at Orkney Cheddar to welcome world renowned chef Tom Kitchin to our Isles. It’s great that such a well-known figure, famed for using the very best produce, took time out to visit us all the way up here.

    We gathered almost all the dairy farmers together to give him a big welcome at Berriedale Farm, home of our Chairman Marcus Wood. Tom spent a whole...

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  • 18 Aug 2011


    We enjoyed a great weekend at the Taste of Edinburgh Festival recently.

    Bright sunshine everyday and temperatures touching 24 degrees meant the festival was packed full and, thankfully, didn’t turn people off a sample of our extraordinary cheddar - We managed to distribute over 26,000 samples!

    In addition, at selected times of the day, we...

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