J.O.D. Foods is a family run cheese manufacturing facility based in the former Effin co-operative Creamery at Effin, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, which nestles in the shadow of the Ballyhoura Hills in the heart of Ireland’s premier dairying area, The Golden Vale. J.O.D. Foods was founded in 1992 by Jim O’ Doherty a vastly experienced cheese maker and cheese grader, who was formerly on the staff of golden Vale Food Products Ltd, in nearby by Charleville.

Today, Jim, assisted by members of his family, wife Lulu and operations director, son James, Commercial manager Pat Kinnane and a staff of four manufactures a range of natural and processed speciality cheeses under the Old Irish Creamery Brand, which is fast becoming a house hold name for excellence of product both in Ireland and abroad.

All cheese is 100% Irish hand crafted with 100% natural ingredients.

A strict quality control regime is in place at the creamery facility where product is manufactured to BRC Series 5 Grade A Standards. Only the finest cheeses are blended with the choicest of natural ingredients to produce speciality cheeses with deliciously distinctive flavour for the discerning palate.  Today we chat with Jim to find out more…….

Have you always had an interest in food, how did you get started?

Yes, cheesemaker and master grader with Golden Vale Foods prior to establishing own manufacturing business

Where do you source your raw ingredients?

As much as possible in Ireland

What inspires you as a producer?

Love of food, cheese in particular, and making various different flavours, enjoy producing new unique flavours

Is there anything unique about your product?

The unique flavours & colours and especially the taste

Do you have a favourite product or one your most proud of?

Oak smoked

Are you working on any new products?

Yes, Strawberry flavour

Whats the best way to use your products?

Various ways from nibbles to cheese plates, inclusion in salads, sandwiches, pastas and various other dishes

What food best compliments your products?

Again various foods as can be used in numerous ways

Where can we buy your products?

Tesco nationwide, Super Valu, various independents across country


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