‘O Morro’ – A new dairy company targeting local and international markets

RDP support helped set up a new dairy factory which combined the most modern production techniques and equipment with traditional knowledge, in order to produce a high-quality niche cheese for local and international markets.

Project summary: 

The beneficiary identified a market opportunity from the limited supply of high-quality traditional fresh cheeses in the islands of the Azores.

RDP support was used for the construction of the premises and  the acquisition of modern equipment for the production of fresh and semi-dried cheeses.  The  company  developed an integrated supply chain from quality suppliers to dedicated selling points.

Two follow-up RDP projects financed the company’s purchase of additional equipment to increase the volume of production and a vehicle for the distribution of the products to the selling points.

Project results: 

The company became fully operational in 2012, initially producing cheeses to sell in nearby markets.

Nowadays, the company’s cheeses are sold throughout the Autonomous Region of the Azores, exported to mainland Portugal and even to the US.

In March 2017, Morro cheese was recognised in New York by a specialty magazine, which classified it in the ‘elite’ category of cheeses.

The investment created a total of three jobs (two managers and one employee).