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Cathedral City
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Type Cheddar cheese
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Inception July 1995
Manufacturer Saputo Dairy UK
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Current supplier Saputo Dairy UK

Cathedral City is a brand of Cheddar cheese, which is manufactured by Saputo Dairy UK in Cornwall, England. Cathedral City’s, brand and logo is based on Wells Cathedral, in Somerset.


Cathedral City is produced from one twenty five year old recipe at Davidstow in Cornwall, which has neither city status nor any cathedral. However, the brand’s original owners, Mendip Foods, were based in the cathedral city of Wells in Somerset. Dairy Crest bought the brand, from Mendip Foods Ltd, in July 1995.

Dairy Crest announced an integrated marketing campaign, designed to drive growth for Cathedral City, in October 2007, which it has called The Big Cheese Tease. The next advertising slogan Cathedral City Cheese used was “Mature, yet mellow”. Cathedral City was cited in research, published by the British Medical Journal, highlighting the fact that branded cheeses generally had higher salt content than supermarket own brands.

Saputo bought Dairy Crest in July 2019, the purchase being announced in February 2019. As of February 2023, the cheese is manufactured at Davidstow Creamery and matured at the distribution centre at Nuneaton. A new advertising campaign was launched in October 2020 with the strapline “Reasons For Cathedral City”. Another advert, created with repurposed footage, which was launched in April 2020, urged people to stay at home during the lockdown, which went into force the month prior.

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