The Buffalo Farm launches crowdfunding bid to become Scotland's first producer of Buffalo Mozzarella

An innovative Fife farmer known for his unusual herd of buffalo has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to become Scotland's first ever producer of Buffalo Mozzarella. 

Published 21st Aug 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Star of the BBC’s ‘This Farming Life’, Steve Mitchell, wants to use his ‘Founders Club’ crowdfunding campaign to turn his buffalo mozzarella dreams into reality.

The entrepreneurs's ambition is to provide Scotland with its first ever home-produced buffalo mozzarella.

Steve, the sixth generation of the Mitchell family to farm in Fife, has been rearing and nurturing his buffalo herd since 2005, providing unique and delicious buffalo meat to Scotland’s foodies.

He is now turning his attention to making buffalo mozzarella and offering supporters of his newly launched crowdfunding campaign,dubbed the ‘Founders Club’, the chance to secure rewards comparable to a 10 per cent return on investment, delivered in buffalo vouchers, in addition to a host of other benefits.

With an ambitious crowdfunding target of £800k to build a manufacturing facility, milking parlour and slurry store, those seeking to help The Buffalo Farm's buffalo mozzarella dream come true can join either the Buffalo Farm Supporters Club - a £100 donation that will see their name on the walls of the new production facility - or the Buffalo Farm Founders Club (minimum investment £1,000), where investors can enjoy rewards equivalent in value to a 10 per cent annual return on investment paid in Buffalo Farm vouchers.

Those who are keen to invest more can join the Buffalo Farm Founders Executive Club (minimum investment £10,000) can enjoy rewards equivalent in value to a 12 per cent annual return on investment paid in Buffalo Farm vouchers.

Speaking of his ambitions, Steve said: “We run three butchers shops, an event catering business, our own bistro and we also supply into a growing number of hotels and restaurants and feedback has always been fantastic.

"However, I have always felt that something is missing and so now the time is right to launch this crowdfunding Founders Club so that we can give our customers access to their first soft, smooth and deliciously Scottish mozzarella.

“My plans will create up to six new jobs and produce a quality and delicious product. There is a current UK market of £79 million and a 12 per cent year on year growth within the mozzarella market and so I strongly believe that Scotland needs a quality home produced alternative to imported mozzarella.

“The funny thing is that if I had a pound for every time that someone has asked me if I would make mozzarella I wouldn’t need to be crowdfunding at all!

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“But I do need your help. We have a fantastic customer base and I would love those loyal fans, as well as new ones, to get behind the creation of another emerging Scottish premium product, head over to our website and participate today. We’ll make it worth your while.”

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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