Carmarthenshire Cheese is planning to grow its exports to the US after using funding from the Welsh Government to improve its processes.
The company, founded in 2006, specialises in the production of mould ripened blue and white cheeses and supplies supermarkets including Tesco.
A £22,000 innovation voucher from the Welsh Government’s innovation support programme has enabled it to engage the services of an external expert to focus on the maturation processes of cheese.
This has allowed the company to create cheeses with a longer shelf life that are more suitable for export.
It has also dedicated cheese manufacturing unit in Llanllwch, which it will relocate to in August 2015. The move has been partially supported through the Welsh Economic Growth Fund and should create a number of new jobs.
Steve Peace (pictured), managing director of Carmarthenshire Cheese, said: “For us the main goal is to improve the shelf life of our cheeses so they are suitable for export without compromising on the integrity of our product.
“Developing the US market is crucial to our future business plans but this was something we had to get right in order to be able to compete. In the US our products are regarded as premium products and it is imperative they could be regarded as such following exportation.”