Sep 18, 2018


We’re excited to announce that our very own episode of BBC’s Inside the Factory airs this week (Tuesday 26 March).

Gregg Wallace, best-known for his role as a judge on MasterChef, and TV presenter Cherry Healey were given exclusive access to our cheese factory in Gateshead last summer, where 3,000 tonnes of spreadable cheese is produced every year.

Viewers will see what happened when Gregg followed the production of our Primula Cheese ‘n’ Jalapeños, from a 28,000-litre delivery of milk to 5,400 squeezy cheese tubes. Gregg chopped 344 kilos of cheddar and gouda to make the base for his cheese, before blending it with whey, water and jalapeños to keep it soft and spreadable.

Meanwhile, Cherry Healey finds outs how bacteria are responsible for the huge variety in smell, taste and appearance of different types of cheese, as well as learning the scientific rules for making perfect cheese on toast. Historian Ruth Goodman also features in the show, looking at how cheddar became the predominant hard cheese choice of the world.

Paul Lewney, Managing Director at Primula, said: “It was an absolute pleasure hosting Gregg, Cherry and the crew at Primula and I’m sure they had as much fund following our Primula Cheese ‘n’ Jalapeños production as we did.

“We’re very excited about our new Flavour Burst range, which targets a younger audience and includes Paprika and Peri Peri, as well as Jalapeños, providing a great alternative to grated cheese.

“We’ve come across so many people over the years who don’t understand how we’re able to get real cheese and other fresh ingredients into our tubes, so we can’t wait for viewers to see just what goes into making Primula Cheese.

“We’re really proud of our team, our operations and our fantastic products that are all made right here in the North East and we’re delighted to be given this opportunity to show the nation just how much hard work is put in to producing their favourite spreadable cheese.”

We launched the world’s first spreadable cheese in 1924 and five years later, it made its way here to the UK. We’ve been squeezing our way into the nation’s hearts ever since.

Our pride in our Gateshead factory home has recently been reflected in our brand-new look. As part of a modern design refresh, we introduced the Union Jack to our tubes to highlight that our cheese is proudly made in Britain.

Now in its fourth series, Inside The Factory has profiled the operations of some of the UK’s best-known food and drink brands.

Inside The Factory with Primula Cheese airs on Tuesday 26 March on BBC Two at 8pm. It will be available afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

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