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Featured Exporter - Bute Island Foods

The original dairy-free cheese brand, sheese, from bute island foods has seen huge growth driven by an explosion in the free from sector

Tell us about Bute Island Foods

Bute Island Foods is a British company, based off the Scottish coast, manufacturing dairy-free cheeses. As the original dairy free cheese on the market, we’ve got a long and proud 30-year history of innovating and helping establish what is now a very fast-growing sector. Our Sheese brand is available in UK retail and foodservice; and in multiple countries around the world. As the original brand in the market, we have learnt over the years how to make a superb natural product with all the functional properties for which cheese is famous, for consumers wishing to reduce dairy consumption.

 Where you currently export?

Sheese is successfully exported to Canada & the US, Australia & New Zealand, most of Europe, Russia and India.

Where have you seen export growth in recent months?

Australia and Europe have seen a real boom in plant-based sales, as growth in UK and US markets is replicated there. Increasingly, retailers are giving additional space in-store for dairy-free.

What do you value most about FDEA membership?

The opportunity to learn from other exporters, and the chance to network at suitable events.

How have exhibitions and events helped grow your export business if at all?

They are good for building brand awareness and getting the product into people’s hands (and mouths!)- this is key for a brand like Sheese, as it’s the best way to change perceptions of a category.

We can't wait to see Bute Island Foods at a live event again soon!


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