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CLEVEDON BUFFALO CO

CLEVEDON BUFFALO CO

Ten years ago, a couple from Clevedon decided to go where no cheesemakers in New Zealand had gone before! And a decade on, we are so pleased they decided to take the big buffalo leap of faith that changed the landscape of New Zealand artisan cheese forever.

As the story goes, Helen and Richard Dorresteyn, founders of the Clevedon Farmers’ Market, were having bit of a hard time finding a local specialist cheesemaker to take a spot at the market. So they decided to have a go at making cheese themselves! But not just with cow’s milk. That would be too easy.

The Dorresteyns had tried buffalo mozzarella, an Italian delicacy, when travelling and fallen in love with it. It became close to an obsession; they settled on the idea of importing 65 riverine water buffalo from Australia so they could make their own fresh mozzarella and fill the gap at the local market. There were no milking buffalo in New Zealand at the time, and certainly no locally produced buffalo cheeses.

It was revolutionary for the New Zealand cheese industry at the time and most people thought they were absolutely bonkers! Fast-forward 10 years, and the business now has 12 products and, to date, 13 medals for its buffalo dairy products – and is still staying true to its values – delivering fresh, premium buffalo cheese and yoghurt into homes and restaurants nationwide.

“It has been an extraordinary journey,” Helen says. “It has been tough but always rewarding as there is no substitute for finely crafted fresh buffalo milk cheeses and yoghurt.”

A family-run business, collectively they produce award-winning fresh buffalo mozzarella, bocconcini, ricotta, yoghurt and marinated buffalo cheese.

CHAMPION AWARDS FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONS OF CHEESE AWARDS

Puhoi Valley Champion of Champions Cheese Award – Artisan

Clevedon Buffalo Ricotta – Clevedon Buffalo Co

Green Valley Dairies Champion Fresh Un-Ripened Cheese Award

Clevedon Buffalo Ricotta – Clevedon Buffalo Co

Ministry for Primary Industries Champion New Cheese Award

Clevedon Buffalo Cherry Mozzarella – Clevedon Buffalo Co

Cas-Pak Products Ltd Champion Cheese Packaging Award

Clevedon Marinated Buffalo Cheese – Clevedon Buffalo Co

THEY ALSO TOOK OUT GOLD FOR THEIR BUFFALO CHERRY MOZZARELLA, BUFFALO MARINATED CHEESE WITH THYME & ROAST GARLIC, BUFFALO MARINATED CHEESE WITH GARLIC AND THYME AND BUFFALO RICOTTA. CONGRATULATIONS!