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Quinta Ribeira de Alpreade–Cheese Factory

Quinta Ribeira de Alpreade is an artisanal family business with a long tradition in cheese production. The company has a history full of successes over three generations. Initially, the company produced only cheese and sausages, but more recently with the expansion of the business it has started to commercialize olive oil and olives and organizes visits to the farm for Portuguese schools and foreign and national tourists, in order to promote the cultural tradition and demonstrate production using artisanal methods without additives. Therefore, the extended case study and the related video show how this company creates the necessary conditions for sustainable growth by developing partnerships and networks with other companies and market players in order to consolidate the existing market and conquer new international markets.

Key words: cheese production, diversification, sustainable growth

This case was prepared by Arminda do Paço, João Ferreira, Helena Alves, Mário Raposo, and Ana Nave, from the University of Beira Interior (Portugal), as a partial output of the Artisan Project.

No part of this publication can be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, used in spreadsheet or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission of either the author.

The detailed case study is available on IO6-CASEBOOK.

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