Buffalo Farm’s Steve Mitchell has been given the green light to start producing Scotland’s first Buffalo Mozzarella cheese on his farm in the Kingdom of Fife.
The move fulfills a dream Steve had since he started the business in 2005, with his small herd of water buffaloes selling bison meat and burgers at farmers’ markets.
Her dream was further fueled with a visit from Gordon Ramsay several years ago, where together they made a trial batch of Buffalo Mozzarella.
At that time, Gordon said he wanted to invest if he was going to produce Buffalo Mozzarella.
After enduring a roller coaster period that culminated in national television coverage, Steve thought his dream was over when a major investor pulled out at the last minute – leaving him no choice but to sell. a large part of his herd.
Not one to give up without a fight, Steve decided to launch his ambitious crowdfunding campaign just under two years ago where he managed to raise £800,000 from customers across the UK and has saw Buffalo Farm become Scotland’s first and only producer of Buffalo Mozzarella. .
Steve was able to build his bespoke designed dairy and mozzarella production facility just outside Kirkcaldy in Fife where production is currently taking place.
Steve has assembled what he describes as a world-class team to produce world-class Scottish mozzarella, strengthening his farming team, bringing in expert cheesemaking skills and strengthening his business operations.
Now we begin the most exciting and terrifying part of the project. Now we need to live up to the goals and expectations we have set for ourselves and find out if the market appreciates our Scottish buffalo mozzarella as much as we do.
“I had the chance to visit some of Italy’s most respected Buffalo farms, taste their wonderful produce, and we wanted to create a product that would put Scotland on the map and be considered world class.”
Provenance is so important in food and never more so than in Buffalo Mozzarella. Our cheese is produced within hours, from milking to finished mozzarella balls.
“As a result, you can really smell and taste the freshness compared to that from an overseas grower who had to travel for days. I’m absolutely thrilled with the quality we got.”
Buffalo Farm has already received notes of interest from a number of retailers, restaurants and wholesalers keen to take on this exciting new product. Steve works with his team to support continued product growth without compromising quality.
I would much rather produce small batches of world-class cheese than compromise what we have.
“We had the opportunity to create something quite special and the team is determined to make Scotland a force to be reckoned with in the global Buffalo Mozzarella market.”
Lucy Husband, Director of Market Development and Commercial Engagement at Scotland Food and Drink, said: “The ambition and drive of Steve and the team at The Buffalo Farm to produce Scotland’s first Buffalo Mozzarella were simply inspiring.
As members of Scotland Food and Drink since 2015, it’s amazing to watch them grow and to see that sustainability has been at the heart of creating this product.
“It’s another great example of the diversity of the Scottish pantry, which is only made possible by producers like The Buffalo Farm.”