Couple’s store triumph

David Heap with his Calderdale Cheese at Hubberton.
David Heap with his Calderdale Cheese at Hubberton.

A FAST-GROWING Calderdale cheese company is now supplying a major supermarket.

Calderdale Cheese, established by farmers Robyn and David Heap, has had continued success since its launch at Hebden Bridge market.

Now Morrisons has approved it to be stocked in five of its stores – Halifax, Skipton, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Idle, Bradford.

It has taken 18 months to meet the store’s food hygiene and traceability standards.

Morrisons contacted the Heaps after finding out about the cheese at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Mrs Heap said: “We had already been supplying wholesaler A G Parfett & Sons for the last three years so we were already geared up for volume supply.

“Morrisons was keen because of it being a regional cheese. Ours is the only one from Calderdale and it sits alongside the likes of Wensleydale.

“We never imagined our cheese would get this far. The intention was to make the cheese alongside our pies but the cheese-making has taken over so we had to stop making the pies last year as we’d rather concentrate on doing one thing well.”

The cheese is made from milk from the Heaps’ own cows and now also from a farm in Midgeley.

The business is doing so well it is outgrowing the farm so the couple plan to move production to an industrial unit early next year.