Northumberland dairy shortlisted for national food award

Darling Blue, Doddington Dairy's first blue cheese, launched in November.

Darling Blue, Doddington Dairy's first blue cheese, launched in November.

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A north Northumberland dairy is in the running for a top national award.

Doddington Dairy, near Wooler, has been shortlisted for the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of British food and those companies and individuals who grow, make and supply it.

Doddington is one of the finalists in the Best Food Producer category, up against E5 Bakehouse in London and Mara Seaweed in Edinburgh.

The winners will be announced in a special ceremony on April 30.

Doddington Dairy is run by Neill and Jackie Maxwell at North Doddington, one of the few dairy farms left in Northumberland.

In the late 1990s, the Maxwells realised the difficulties that faced dairy farmers and began to experiment with ice cream recipes, using their own high quality milk.

Doddington Dairy Ice Cream was launched in the summer of 2000. It produces a range of ice creams, with quality ingredients sourced locally where possible.

Doddington also makes an award-winning range of cheeses and launched its first blue cheese, Darling Blue, in November.