Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Dale Farm is to supply Greggs with cheddar cheese for its entire UK estate.

Under the three-year deal, Dale Farm will supply its cheddar cheese, which is made in Northern Ireland, for use in Greggs’ range of sandwiches.

It will also supply cheeses for Greggs’ pizzas, which have helped drive a 15% year-on-year hike in sales for the food-to-go business this year.

“We are looking forward to working with Dale Farm, whose excellent reputation for product quality, provenance and sustainability make this a strategic choice for Greggs, as we remain committed to offering good, honest food that our customers can trust,” said Greggs procurement head Alan Honeyman.

Cheese has been driving growth for Dale Farm in recent years, and the Greggs contract is the latest of several major cheese supply partnerships, said the company.

“The contract is proof of the excellence of our product and a significant development for our cheese business,” added Dale Farm group commercial director Stephen Cameron.

“Having the trust of a major food-on-the-go retailer such as Greggs is also testament to the high quality of milk used to make our cheese, which comes into Dale Farm through our network of 1,300 hard-working dairy farmers across the UK.”