Norseland Ltd
Ilchester Cheese Company
FormerlyIlchester Cheese Company Ltd
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1962; 62 years ago (1962)

The Ilchester Cheese Company is a cheese company based in Ilchester, Somerset. The Ilchester brands are part of Norseland, a subsidiary of Norwegian dairy company Tine SA.[1]


In 1962, Ken Seaton, a hotelier in Ilchester, Somerset, England, tried combining cheese with chives, Worthington E Bitter beer and a blend of spices.[2][3] This and other blended cheeses are manufactured and distributed by the Ilchester Cheese Company.

The company received farm subsidies from the European Union of 891,256 between 2001 and 2005.[4]


Ilchester do not actually manufacture any cheese from scratch, but specialise in blending a variety of British cheeses with other ingredients, such as beer and fruit. Notable Ilchester cheeses include Applewood, a smoke-flavoured Cheddar cheese, and Five Counties, which is a sandwich of five layers of different English cheeses.[5]

The company also produces vegan cheeses.[6]


  1. ^ "Company". Norseland. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ Harrington, Ben (31 July 2008). "Ilchester Cheese is ripe for takeover". Telegraph. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Our story". Ilchester. Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Ilchester Cheese Co Ltd". Farm Subsidy. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Norseland Ltd". UK food exports. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  6. ^ Vegconomist

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