Wensleydale Creamery has reported a huge increase in orders this Christmas.

The company said it had produced 50% more cheese across its portfolio in the run-up to Christmas this year on the back of new contract wins and a stronger market for cheese. Some 1.7 million more cheeses with added ingredients such as fruit have been made, with five extra full-time staff recruited.

"This puts us on a very firm footing for 2010 when we are expecting to get a decision on our PDO application," said MD David Hartley.