Long Clawson Dairy Ltd
Long Clawson Dairy Ltd, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, LE14 4PJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1664 822 332 / Fax: +44 (0) 1664 823236
Long Clawson Dairy was founded in 1911 when 12 farmers from the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire formed a co-operative to produce Stilton cheese in the village of Long Clawson.
The company prospered and today, 56 producing members from 34 farms, all from within the Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire area supply 31 million litres of milk per annum.
Long Clawson Dairy is a traditional company well known for its quality and innovation. Clawson was the first cheese-producing dairy in the UK to have received accreditation for their farmer members to the RSPCA Freedom Food initiative. This is a food labelling scheme which ensures that those farm animals involved in the food chain receive the best possible treatment. In 1996 we were awarded ISO 9001.
Today, we have more than 30 products in our portfolio including Blue Stilton, Blue Shropshire, Blue Vinney and many blended cheeses.
History of Stilton
Stilton Cheese derives its name from the village of Stilton, Cambridgeshire. It was never made in Stilton, but was sold there to coach travellers on the Great North Road, travelling between London and Scotland. In the 18th Century, it was recorded that cheese for the Bell Inn, Stilton was procured by a Mrs Paulet, a cheese-making farmer’s wife living near Melton Mowbray, for her brother-in-law Cooper Thornhill. He was reputed to have been the landlord of the inn at that time. This story therefore connects Stilton cheese-making with the area around Melton Mowbray.
Stilton Cheese may only be produced in the counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and is protected by a certification trademark. This has ultimately lead to Stilton being awarded a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) by the European Commission.
Long Clawson Products
To find out more about the following Long Clawson products, please visit their website at www.clawson.co.uk