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Fifth Town Cheese re-opening

Fifth Town bldgThe Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company plans to open its retail shop, under new ownership, on May 30th the day prior to a visit by participants in the County Cheese Tour held in conjunction with The Great Canadian Cheese Festival June 1-2 in Picton.
Cheesemaker Laura Todd will speak to the tour group on Fifth Town’s history and plans for the future.

The factory will remain closed as the processing facility is reapproved for production, the company said in a statement. The retail store will continue to sell fine cheese inspired by the Fifth Town artisan cheese consumers came to love along with other fine local foods, such as charcuterie, honey, and preserves, that have been specially selected to pair with the cheese in the shop.

Patricia Secord and Dr. Hugo Bertozzi, third generation producers, affineurs and purveyors of artisan cheeses, historically in Italy, and now in Canada, purchased Fifth Town Artisan Cheese in November 2012.

“The transition period between shutdown and start-up is a long process, but will ultimately reward us with a refurbished manufacturing facility and world-class cheese,” the statement said. “The factory is set to be producing Fifth Town favorites, like Cape Vessey, by early 2014. Fifth Town is opening the shop in order to support the company during the transition. The shop will feature unique products honoring the new owners’ Italian roots and the incredible food produced in Prince Edward County.  We are excited to continue our tradition of partnering with small-scale food producers to showcase unique local flavors and help this agricultural region thrive.”

Fifth Town was founded by Petra Kassun-Mutch in 2004. After several years in design and development, construction began 2007 and the dairy opened June 2008 with then only five employees and three farms as suppliers. Before it was shut down last year when it ran into financial difficulties, Fifth Town had grown to more than 16 employees with seven farm suppliers and generated $1.5M in revenues annually.

Fifth Town has won more than 35 prestigious national and international awards including Grand Champion on several occasions for its unique cave-aged goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses. It took five of the 21 awards given to Ontario dairies at a recent American Cheese Society competition in Montreal.

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  1. Barb W says:

    Terrific news! We have really missed FT and it’s closing certainly hurt the Cressy end of the Taste Trail. The reopening is good news for locals and tourists alike, and foodies in search of great cheese. Congratulations and good luck.

  2. Chris says:

    Welcome back to the neighborhood!

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