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COUNCIL BACKS PROTECTION FOR WALLACE'S FAVOURITE CHEESE

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Richmondshire DC has given its public backing to Wensleydale Dairy Products' campaign to prevent manufacturers outs...
Richmondshire DC has given its public backing to Wensleydale Dairy Products' campaign to prevent manufacturers outside the dale from producing Wensleydale Cheese, whose fame was given a boost by Wallace and Gromit.

'Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale for generations and is key to the prosperity of the local economy in the dales. The creamery is a large local employer, but is also critical to the success of services and local farmers in the area. We support this bid wholeheartedly,' said John Blackie, leader of the council.

On Friday, the company announced its intention to apply for protected designation of origin which would prevent other cheesemakers from calling their cheese 'real Yorkshire Wensleydale'.

'From an economic development stance, Wensleydale cheese is vitally important to the district - hence the furore we helped to create when Dairy Crest planned to move production to Lancashire in the early 90s, 'said chief executive Harry Tabiner. 'Wensleydale is a key local and regional brand and it deserves to be protected.'

Councillor Rob Johnson added: 'It is important the council recognises the role played by all cheesemakers in the district and supports them in their endeavours.'

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