Fife’s only artisan cheesemaker has been awarded a grant in the latest round of funding from the Scottish Government’s Food Marketing Development Scheme.

The grant award for the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company amounts to £22,111, and it will be used to purchase more manufacturing and storage equipment.

St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company has its home at Falside, near Pittenweem, where the Stewart family have farmed for over 50 years. 

The dairy has always been central to the business, and now the famous  Anster’ cheese is hand-made on the farm – to a traditional recipe – by Jane Stewart, using unpasteurised milk from her husband Robert’s herd of home-bred Holstein Friesian cows.

Visitors to the farm can watch the cheese –making in progress from the  specially constructed Viewing Gallery beside the ‘Butterpat’ Coffee Shop, with its splendid views down over the Firth of Forth.

More details can be found at http://www.standrewscheese.co.uk/

In all, 19 Scottish food and drink companies won grants worth around £8.5 million, with a further six, including St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, receiving a total of almost £500,000.

The announcements were made by Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who said that food and drink is one of Scotland’s greatest success stories.

“The growth and success of the Scottish drinks’ industry is continuing and this funding will benefit several companies across Scotland and support the creation of new jobs, further investment and export opportunities,” he said.

Since 2009 175 Scottish projects have benefited from £47 million in support through the overall Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme, which is part of  the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

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