Booij & Brandwijk cheese development

A cheese-producing farm used RDP support to set up a new plant for producing speciality cheeses and ensure its long-term financial sustainability.

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Project summary: 

Booij Kaasmakers wanted to develop new speciality cheeses using the milk from nearby farms. It needed the milk to go direct from the farm to the factory. To this end, the cheese farm established a cooperation with nearby farmers who could provide the raw material.  The company used rural development programme (RDP) support to build a new cheese-producing unit. This funding also enabled it to work with experts to bring close to market new types of cheese that were not produced locally.

Project results: 

The company developed the only artisanal red flora cheese in South Holland.

The new production unit enables Booij Kaasmakers to process 10% more milk into specialty cheeses.

The high quality and added value of speciality cheeses makes farmers more financially independent. This extra income allows them to cover the costs of nature management and associated surcharges.