Northern Irish cheesemaker Fivemiletown Creamery has bought the Causeway Cheese Company, a producer of handmade waxed Cheddars based in County Antrim.

The acquisition was completed earlier this month but only announced today. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Production of Causeway’s Cheddars will now transfer to Fivemiletown’s dairy in County Tyrone. The family team that set up Causeway will retire, with two jobs to be lost.

Fivemiletown MD Mervyn McCaughey said Causeway was an “ideal fit” for his company. “Its focus on handcrafted cheese is in line with our own commitment to offer customers premium cheeses that are handcrafted from high-quality milk from local dairy farms.”

He added he was “excited” about selling Causeway’s products in international markets – a key focus for Fivemiletown. “The inclusion of Causeway cheese in our portfolio will support our work to develop Northern Ireland’s international standing as a producer of innovative and high quality cheeses that are deliciously different,” he said.

The Causeway Cheese Company is best known for producing hexagonal Cheddars, made to look like the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway.