Stilton maker Tuxford & Tebbutt, part of the Milk Link co-op, is ramping up exports to the US following greater-than-expected demand for the blue-veined cheese Stateside.

The company said sales of Stilton in the US were outperforming other traditionally strong markets such as the Continent and Canada, leading to 10% of all of its Stilton now being exported to the States up 41% from last year.

Milk Link head of speciality cheese Clare Dillon said Stilton was proving popular overseas all year round.