A brand of clotted cream called 'Definitely Devon' was criticised
yesterday after it emerged it is actually made – in neighbouring
Robert Wiseman dairies, which make the product, has
been labelled "naive" and "short-sighted" after re-igniting a
long-running feud between the two counties.
rivals have long been at war as to where the cream tea – the main
ingredient of which is clotted cream – orginated.
Devon farmers were furious after it emerged the clotted cream was
actually made in Scorrier, near Redruth – over 60 miles from the county
And to add insult to injury, the packaging instructs
buyers to make a cream tea using the Cornish method, of adding jam first
and then cream on top.
Bosses at Langage Farm, near Plymouth,
said Robert Wiseman clearly had "no idea" about the importance of
Devon's history of clotted cream, branding it a travesty the
Cornish-made product was "latching onto our heritage".
Paul Winterton said: "Our Devonshire clotted cream is made in Devon and
it is something we are fiercely proud of. I don't understand for the
life of me the decision by Wiseman to call it 'Definitely Devon' if it
is made or processed in Cornwall."
"To be honest if they needed
somewhere else to process their cream they could have come to us. I
would gladly discuss with them using our facilities to rectify this
Robert Wiseman took the decision to move the
production of Definitely Devon from their Okehampton factory to Scorrier
at the beginning of the month. The company use Devon milk for the
product, which is then transferred to Cornwall, where it is turned into
clotted cream before being distributed to private farm shops and
supermarkets across the South West.
Mike Pearce of
Cornishcream.com said: "The whole thing is a bit strange. You would
imagine if they wanted to proudly call it 'Definitely Devon' they would
at least make it there."
A spokesman for Robert Wiseman dairies
said: "On the fourth of April we moved production of our Definitely
Devon clotted cream to a factory in Cornwall.
Trading Standards on the matter and were advised to include a 'Made in
Scorrier' sticker on our product which we have done."