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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 December 2005, 16:51 GMT
Royal approval aids cheesemaker
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A watercolour painting of the castle by the prince appears on the logo
A small Highland cheesemaker is celebrating a double success - thanks to an intervention by Prince Charles.

Highland Fine Cheeses won a gold medal at Britain's cheese Olympics, the Cheltenham Cheese Festival.

And its entire production has been snapped up by one of the UK's biggest supermarket chains, Sainsbury's.

The soft blue cheese was the first such product backed by Mey Selections, which was launched by Prince Charles earlier this year.

The brand, named after the late Queen Mother's Caithness castle, was designed to promote farm produce from the area.

The Highland Fine Cheeses product is made in the Highlands from milk produced by Caithness cows.

Spokesman Rory Stone said: "All our milk comes from Caithness anyway, so we thought it was a natural 'add-on' to the Mey selections' banner to have a bespoke cheese.

"So we started to mess around with the make for the blue cheese that we already produce and we put that forward to Mey selections. The cheese was accepted and it was very exciting."

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