Market reports indicate that supplies of Cheddar in the UK market remain tight but that the situation may improve before the end of the year, according to Defra data.

While Cheddar manufacture was down by 7% in the first quarter of this year, April output rose year-on-year by 3%, May was unchanged and now June shows a 2% uplift.

This most recent quarter has allowed manufacturers to start replenishing depleted stocks and some manufacturers now claim their ability to meet demand fully should be much improved as the year moves on.