Cheddar, Wensleydale and Stilton remain the UK’s favourite cheeses of choice, according to a survey carried out for Ilchester Cheese. The research also found that almost two-thirds (63%) of Brits would opt for a slice of cheese produced on home soil rather than eat cheese from European countries. Even so, French cheeses, including Brie and Saint Agur, came second with 17% of consumers saying they would opt for those over cheeses from other countries. However, 9% of respondents said they would choose Italian cheeses, such as mozzarella and dolcelatte, while Dutch cheeses got 6% of the votes.

West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers has launched a website at with information on the cheeses produced by the farmers, tips on how to store and serve hand-crafted cheeses, and details of events.

Italian cheesemaker Galbani has added an ‘on the go’ cheese snack to its range. Galbani Cheese Snack mini cheese pieces come in 105g pots. Rrp is £1.59. Also new is Santa Lucia Ricottine, a light, spreadable cheese made from Italian Ricotta. It’s available in a natural flavour, with sun-ripened tomatoes and basil, or Mediterranean herbs. The cheese is packaged in a twin pot (2x100g). Rrp is 99p.

Cheddar brand Cathedral City is investing £5m in marketing activity this year. A new ‘See it, Want it’ TV ad, launched this summer to support the brand’s Lunch Pack and Mustard Pickle Dip&Go products, focuses on the overpowering temptation of melted Cathedral City on toast. In August the entire Cathedral City range will be repackaged in resealable packs.

The Cheese Company has picked up six first prizes for its cheeses at The Great Yorkshire Show, with Taw Valley Red Leicester and Double Gloucester among the first prize winners.