Two dairies have banded together to ship 80,000 cheese “bombs” to two continents – believed to be the largest single export of Lancashire cheese ever from the UK.
Longridge-based Singletons Dairy and Barton-based JJ Sandham will be shipping out more than 70,000 Lancashire cheese bombs to the USA, and 10,000 to Australia.
Tilly Carefoot, owner of Singletons, said: “We believe this is the largest single export of Lancashire cheese from the UK ever.”
The bombs, each weighing one pound, have been a popular seller for the company for many years, but this year’s sales have rocketed to an unprecedented level.
Each bomb is hand crafted, wrapped in a traditional muslin cloth before being dipped in a coat of black wax several times.
Chris Sandham, of Sandhams. said: “It’s great news for Lancashire cheese and great news for Lancashire.
“We are delighted that two separate companies can co-operate for the general good of the industry.”
Singletons will ship out more than 350 tonnes of cheese (made from 3,500,000 litres of milk) in the next six weeks to areas such as Lebanon, Korea and Norway.
Singletons sales manager John Carr said: “We are flying the flag for British dairy worldwide. The sun never sets on the Singleton’s empire.”