SHOPPERS have fallen head over heels for Isle of Man Creameries' cheeses — leading to bumper sales.

The sale of the cheeses branded with the Three Legs of Mann logo have doubled on last year, when the range was introduced into the UK and Ireland.

Isle of Man Creameries sold 61 tonnes of cheese in 2002 and with three months to go before the end of this year — that figure has risen to 122 tonnes.

Findlay MacLeod, creameries' chief executive and marketing director, said: 'This is a major achievement for everybody at the creameries and also raises the profile of the Isle of Man as a location for great produce.

'Many customers off the Island aren't aware of the Island's location and in some cases even its existence. Now with the Isle of Man branded products in more than 350 shops in the UK and Ireland, more people will be aware of the Island.'

He added: 'The quality of the products, project a very positive image for the Island.

'We believe that, as well as helping to maximise the price that we can pay Manx dairy farmers for their milk, the success of the Isle of Man branded cheeses will make it easier for other Isle of Man businesses to succeed in markets off Island.'

The cheese range includes: Isle of Man mature cheddar, black peppercorn mature cheddar, oak smoked mature cheddar and their newly launched garlic and chive mature cheddar.

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