Milk Link has bolstered its cheesemaking portfolio with the takeover of cheesemaker Cornish Country Larder.

The acquisition for an undisclosed sum will see Milk Link add the Gevrik soft goats cheese and St Endellion Cornish Brie brands to its line-up of cheeses, along with other Cornish Bries and Camemberts that will complement Milk Link's portfolio of Cheddars, hard and crumbly territorials, andStilton.

The deal was an important addition to Milk Link's growing speciality cheese offer, said chief executive Neil Kennedy. It was also "in line with our strategy of building Milk Link into the leading British value-added dairy processing business", he added.

Currently, Cornish Country Larder produces about 800 tonnes of soft cheese per annum. It supplies the big four as well as Waitrose and speciality retailers.