Mull of Kintyre Cheddar Farmer Buy-Out

by Mull of Kintyre Cheddar in Campbeltown, Scotland, United Kingdom

£85,978

raised of £80,000 stretch target

925

supporters
107% 13 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £50,000 is pledged by November 4th 2019 at 5:18pm

The dairy farmers are in the process of buying Campbeltown Creamery. Contribute to ensure you can continue to enjoy Mull of Kintyre Cheddar.

by Mull of Kintyre Cheddar in Campbeltown, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Well what can we say? Its been the most incredible week for us dairy farmers down in Kintyre. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support and love that our supporters have shown our beloved Mull of Kintyre cheese and Kintyre itself.

The monetary donations received from the campaign to date are an essential part to help us fund the takeover. These donations have totally surpassed all our expectations and continue to do so! We have exceeded our £50000 target in less than 72 hours!

As a result we would like to stretch our campaign to a target of £80000 to further help us fund this process  as well as try and accommodate all these who wish to donate and pass on their messages and stories about what Mull of Kintyre cheese means to them.

When we, the dairy farmers, takeover we are effectively starting afresh. It will take 9 months for us to have produced our 1st batch of cheese ready for consumers. This is due to the maturation period of turning the grass fed milk supplied by the Kintyre dairy farms into the award winning Mull of Kintyre cheddar we all love.

As a result this will require a large amount of funding to produce the cheese without having the sales of the finished Mull of Kintyre cheddar.

This funding is being met by a number of different sources with one of the largest sources being the farmers themselves. Other sources of funding are likely to come in the forms of loans/ borrowings. If we can reduce the amount of borrowing required then the business will be more viable and as a result more likely to succeed for the long term future.

That's where the stretch funding of our campaign comes in. It will help to reduce the amount of money required to be borrowed by the new business. 

We cannot thank any of our supporters enough for their generosity thus far and hopefully the success of this campaign and the amazing comments on it will help to encourage funders and retailers alike to align themselves with this unique, award winning product’


Cheese has been produced in Campbeltown Creamery for almost 100 years now but its future is under threat. We, the dairy farmers of Kintyre, want to buy the creamery to ensure we can continue producing our world-famous Mull of Kintyre cheddar for our customers now, and long into the future.

 

The Situation

In 2018 First Milk announced their intention to sell Campbeltown Creamery to focus on different areas of their business. A buyer was then found, but this fell through in May 2019. It was at this point that we realised that we had actually been presented with a huge opportunity.  Why don’t we buy the creamery ourselves, have full control over the whole process from cow to cheese, and secure the future for our award-winning cheddar? 

 

The Importance of Dairy Farming in Kintyre

Mull of Kintyre Cheddar is produced in the traditional way in Campbeltown Creamery, and is made to a long-established recipe using the finest milk from our 29 local farms with sustainable methods of cheese production.

The dairy farming sector in the Kintyre Peninsula and nearby Gigha contributes £5.75 million to the local economy. £3.2 million directly and a further £2.55m is added when upstream impacts are considered. The dairy sector in the area provides 117 jobs directly on farm and a further 49 indirectly across Kintyre that are supported by dairy farming. This is a significant source of employment for a rural community such as this. We have a vibrant community of young dairy farmers on family farms (average age of 37), several have left the area to gain qualifications but have returned to their roots to follow their passion of milking cows! This has a very positive impact on an area trying to stem the impact of rural depopulation We can’t let those committed young people drift away. 

Environmental Impact

At a time when the environment features so high on the agenda, we can also say that the cheddar has a very low carbon footprint. Dairy farming in Kintyre is recognised as being an enviable grass based system due to the long grazing season which benefits from a mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream. As well as this, all the milk being used to make the cheddar comes from 29 farms, all of which are within 15 miles of the creamery.

 

Mull of Kintyre Cheddar

Not only is the cheddar produced in a sustainable way, but it tastes fantastic! Don’t just take our word for it, try it and you’ll be back for more.  The flavour of the cheese is also said to be enhanced by the “Angel’s Share” of whisky that remains in the building from its days as a distillery. Furthermore, we have won many awards for its quality and deep rounded flavour. Most recently it won 3 golds and 2 silvers at the 2018 Global Cheese Awards.

 

What we have done so far

When we decided that the best course of action was to buy the creamery, we elected a working group of 7 members to lead on the buy-out and have been working closely with our partners and a number of advisors to ensure our success. We have formed the Mull of Kintyre Supply Cooperative and developed a robust business plan to maintain the current supply and build the brand going forward to unlock its full potential.

 

How the purchase will be funded

We are not relying solely on the support of generous donors to make this purchase. The 29 farms will be funding a significant chunk of the purchase themselves (over £1.5 million) through a levy from every litre of milk produced. In addition to this, we are also in the process of confirming external funding.

This crowdfunding page is a vital element of the external funding and £50,000 would make a huge difference in helping us reach our final goal - ensuring that you will be able to see Mull of Kintyre Cheddar on the shelves of your local supermarkets, delicatessens and in your favourite cafes and restaurants for many years to come. 

  

To Finish

By donating today you are doing something amazing! Not only are you helping to secure the future of diary farming in Kintyre, you are helping the local economy to thrive as well as ensuring we all get to enjoy the delicious flavour of Mull of Kintyre cheddar for many years to come. 

 If you have any questions about anything to do with Mull of Kintyre Cheddar or the purchase please contact us on mullofkintyrecheddar@gmail.com. 

Please also note that if we do not reach the £50,000 target or if the buy-out does not go ahead for any other reason then you will be fully refunded for your kind contribution. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

Block of first Cheese produced by new dairy owners

Show your support for Kintyre Dairy farmers and the unique Mull of Kintyre Cheddar by donating today and you'll receive a 200g block of cheese from the first batch produced in the creamery once the farmers take ownership. Cheese can be delivered or collected from Campbeltown.

£60 or more

49 of 250 claimed

Unique MOK Tote bag & block of first cheese

Receive a one-off MOK cheese tote bage and a block of cheese so that you can buy your favourite cheese in style! Cheese can be delivered or collected from Campbeltown.

£100 or more

167 of 500 claimed

Your name on Campbeltown Creamery Wall

Have your name included on the creamery wall as a huge thank you for your generous donation. As well as this you will also receive a tote bag and a block of the first cheese. Cheese can be delivered or collected from Campbeltown.

£500 or more

27 of 50 claimed

Exclusive tour of farmer owned Creamery

Receive an exclusive tour for you and a guest of Campbeltown Creamery provided by the farmers themselves along with the opportunity to taste test our unique and delicious cheese! You will also have your name added to the creamery wall, receive a tote bag and a block of the first cheese. Tour dates to be confirmed but all tours will be undertaken by 31st October 2020. Cheese can be delivered or collected from Campbeltown.

£1,000 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Full day visit to a working dairy farm in Kintyre

Witness a day in the life of a dairy farmer! Spend a day on a dairy farm and see how everything works! In this ultimate reward you can see the full process of producing our fabulous cheddar. Once you have spent a day on a farm you will also receive an exclusive tour of Campbeltown Creamery. You will also receive a tote bag, a block of cheese and have your name included on the Creamery wall. Cheese can be delivered or collected from Campbeltown.


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