Meet Our Suppliers - Neal's Yard Dairy
WHO ARE YOU? WHAT’S YOUR STORY, HOW & WHY DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?
I am Jamie Hall. I have been at NYD for nearly 10 years. During my time at University in London I was working Saturdays at Borough Market, selling comte. After a few years working abroad I came back to London and needed some steady income to keep me fed and watered whilst freelance illustration work was sporadic. I knew NYD from my time at Borough, but always intimidated and never went in there much… So I thought I’d take the bull by the horns and applied for a part-tim job. Justifying it to my parents as research for when I am middle aged and host lots of dinner parties… I am still here! Changed roles along the way. From export to domestic wholesale. In a bid to protect any changes in sales from Brexit. I have been spending the past 2 years focusing NYD sales in UK.
WHAT MAKES THE BUSINESS A COOL PLACE TO BE
Its an open thinking place. No right or wrong answers. Anything is possible. And the people. They make the business. Across all the departments. They are happy positive open thinkers.
IF YOU WEREN’T RUNNING THE BUSINESS WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
I’d be spending more time on our family Farm in Herefordshire, we have 200 acres of apples and mixed arable. We have an apple juice business and now just starting to see our natural wild yeast ciders coming of age.
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON
We have just started to open up our van runs to Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. I am looking forward to meeting more new customers of all those cities and seeing what exciting chefs are doing there.
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT
The way NYD selects and matures the cheese is a game changer. We are visiting the farms monthly. Checking in with cheesemaker and herdsman. To get a better grasp on the cheese and pass feedback form our shops and our customers like The Farm.
So many amazing memories at NYD over the years. Some of the highlights must be being in USA or Asia tasting and eating farmhouse cheese with amazing retailers. Showing them that ‘cheddar’ is not a vacpac square block. That’s a rewarding moment. Seeing them eat and enjoy British farmhouse cheese.