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Highland Fine Cheese owner Rory Stone

Artisan cheese producer Highland Fine Cheeses has secured its first retail listings for three new cheeses, Minger, Fat Cow and Blue Murder, which will be exclusively available in 54 Asda stores across Scotland just in time for Christmas.

All three saw success at this year’s Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards; Fat Cow and Blue Murder both won Gold, while Minger claimed a Bronze.

Minger is a pungent cheese and runny when ripe. Fat Cow is made for dishes that would normally call for Swiss cheese, and Blue Murder is mould ripened and meaty in flavour.

The brand’s Highland Brie, Black Crowdie and Strathdon Blue are already in Asda stores.

Highland Fine Cheeses is a family-run business that started in the 1950s, with a batch of Crowdie made in a bathtub. The Stone family has been hand-making traditional cheeses ever since, and now focuses on mould ripened and washed rind styles.

Rory Stone, owner of Highland Fine Cheeses said: “It is a real achievement, and a very proud moment to be able to say, our new artisan cheeses are available in Asda, the first major retailer to stock these products.

“Our dedicated expert team works really hard to create a unique range of European-style cheeses, handmade using quality local sourced cow’s milk, which comes from traditional breeds where the cows are free roaming and grassfed.

“Washed rind cheeses are very seldom seen on supermarket shelves, so this is a really exciting time for cheese-lovers.”

Ashley Connolly, local buying manager at Asda, added: “We are continually looking for opportunities to work with the best local suppliers to find really quality and innovative products, so we’re over the moon about our new partnership with Highland Fine Cheeses.

“I’m sure these lines are going to feature heavily on the festive cheeseboards!”