Producer: Fivemiletown Creamery
Region: Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Created: 1920s

What’s your story? “Boilie was created back in the mid-1920s by the Brodie family, who produced and marketed the cheese from their Virginia base in County Cavan,” says sales manager Kevin McManus.

“Today, the cheese is lovingly made by hand using the original Brodie recipe, and is available in cow and goats variants. We’re launching two new formats - filled with basil pesto and tomato and herbs - later this month.”

Why is your cheese a regional gem? “It’s rooted in Irish tradition - the name boilie means ‘milking place’ in Irish.”

The Grocer says: A simple yet brilliantly executed idea, which encourages consumers to use cheese more as an ingredient. Boilie already has a fair few regional listings in the mults, and we think these light and creamy pearls deserve even wider recognition.