The owner of Byron Bay Cheese Company has said the success of his latest venture had forced him to consider passing the company on to someone who could ‘take it to the next level’.
Founder of The Farm at Byron Bay, Tom Lane, has confirmed he has sold the cheese company to Kerrie and Paul Wilson from Nimbin Valley Dairy.
Mr Lane told Echonetdaily he purchased the award-winning former Bangalow Cheese Company about a year and a half ago, ‘and then went on this journey of setting up the Farm’.
He said public response to The Farm had been ‘overwhelming’ with 20,000 people through the gates in just 4 ½ weeks since it opened.
‘When I had a look at the cheese business, it was very close to my heart when I bought it, and I had been discussing what to do to take it to the next level,’ Mr Lane said.
He added the sale to Nimbin Valley Dairy ‘sort of made sense. They’ve got a fantastic business: they already have production, marketing and distribution facilities.’
Mr Lane said that for the time being the cheeses would continue to be made in Corndale, where they have been manufactured since the business began, ‘but we’re in discussions with them about opening a cheese factory down at The Farm’.
‘It’s a great opportunity for them to expand their already flourishing business into a new brand.’
Mr Lane confirmed that as part of the arrangement he had ‘let go’ cheesemaker Tom Lacono.
‘He’s in discussions with [the Wilsons] about continuing but also is discussing with some of the other businesses based at The Farm about opportunities for him’ Mr Lane said.