the next chapter
Following a fire at our office and packing site, the next chapter in our story as a family business, begins.
29th January 2024
There are lots of moments that have made us proud over the last couple of months, but our latest news is particularly exciting.
Blacksticks is back!
That’s right, we’ve been making and maturing Blacksticks for the last 12 weeks, and today we start packing at our dairy and getting Blacksticks back on shelves throughout the UK – a huge moment.
You will also see a new look and feel across our Blacksticks packaging. This is something we worked on long before the fire, and there was no way we were changing our plans. We passionately believe that blue cheese is relevant all year round, not just for Christmas, and so we want to help people discover the magic of Blacksticks for different eating occasions. Our new packaging is just one way that we will do that, with lots more to come – watch this space.
You can already find Blacksticks on the deli counter at Morrisons and more retailers will be stocking Blacksticks over the next few weeks – look out for it in the cheese aisle of your local supermarket and keep an eye on our socials for further updates.
10th January 2024
It's incredibly exciting to dive headfirst into 2024, embracing the idea of new beginnings and fresh starts. The hard work we put in over the Christmas season has positioned us perfectly for 'The Next Chapter', which involves packing at our farmhouse dairy.
The demolition phase at our Longridge packing site is now complete, leaving us with a clean slate to envision the exciting possibilities the future holds.
Leading up to Christmas, we were bustling with activity, doing what we do best, producing cheeses, replenishing our stocks, and ensuring that our soft cheeses graced countless Christmas cheeseboards. As we continue to rebuild our cheese inventory, our focus at the dairy is shifting towards packing.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there's no better way to express your love than with 'The Perfect British Cheeseboard'. Collaborating closely with our local contractors, we've created a dedicated space at the dairy for packing these delightful cheeseboards. Stay tuned for more information on where you can find them in the upcoming weeks.
8th December 2023
Our demolition team is working hard to keep to timelines and are on track to clear the site by Christmas. We’re recycling materials recovered from the rubble where we can, reusing bricks, for example, to build walkways and paths at the dairy that are helping with the greater footfall and comings and goings as we’re working flat out in the short term to get the cheese stocks back into your fridge.
Farmhouse cheesemaking is a collective, community affair and it's all hands on deck at the dairy in the final push to Christmas. This week you will be starting to see Blacksticks trickle out into a few delis and online shops, and we have truckles available to buy via our online cheese store, together with our full range of soft cheeses.
23rd November 2023
It’s now been a couple of weeks since the fire at our office and packing site in Longridge.
A team from Pete Marquis, a local demolition firm, is in the process of clearing the site and making it safe; good progress has already been made and we are hopeful this initial phase of work can be completed by Christmas.
We really appreciate the ongoing support and understanding from local residents during this time and are working as fast as we can to minimise disruption before the Christmas break.
Meanwhile, at the dairy, our brilliant team is relentlessly focused on rebuilding our cheese stocks, and we are working seven days a week to achieve this.
In the short-term, we will be packing cheese at the dairy to ensure business continuity for our staff, suppliers and customers. For now, we are all about soft cheese. Whether from cows, goats or sheep, we have a soft cheese with your name on it, ready for your Christmas cheeseboard.
21st November 2023
The way the local community has supported us has been incredible. Offers to help have come from all corners, whether it’s providing space for our team to congregate and have a cup of tea together, or ensuring fire crews on site have the refreshments and respite they need to do their work. We can’t name everyone who has helped, or offered to help, but they know who they are and we are extremely grateful. The strength of character shown by this community and all of our staff shows just how resilient we are when we work together.
9th November 2023
The fire at our office and packing site is out and the area is now being secured for safety. We would like to thank the local community once again for their understanding over the last couple of days. This has been a very difficult time for everyone at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses and as we move forward from here, your support will be more important to us than ever.
8th November 2023
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service remain on site today to manage hotspots in the debris. Local specialist heavy plant equipment is in place to help fire crews work safely and we are grateful to everyone involved.
We realise that the equipment and vehicles in and around the site, water pipes in the road and temporary traffic lights are causing ongoing disruption to our local community. We appreciate your ongoing patience and for giving the crew the space to do their work safely. Our staff want to help where they can and are clearing away debris in Longridge.
7th November 2023
The fire at our office and packing site in Longridge has been contained, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have reassured us that they do not believe anyone was injured.
We know there has been significant disruption to local businesses, schools and people in the area today, yet even still, we have had offers of help and support from every corner. Our community is at the heart of everything we do at Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, and we’re so proud and thankful that our community has pulled together as it has done today.
7th November 2023
On the evening of Monday, November 6th 2023, we had a fire at our office and packing site. Our dairy, which is a separate site, was not impacted and continues to turn milk into cheese. Please bear with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or queries and keep an eye on our socials for updates.