Petit Vaccarinus returns!

August 30, 2018

The date is set: On September 15 the first batches of the Vacherin Mont-d’Or will be released. So customers in the US can order the Petit Vaccarinus from that date on. One week later the official release party will be held around the Lake of Joux. That day the farmers will bring their animals down for the end of transhumance 2018 in the Jura mountains.

State-of-the-Art traceability

The Vacherin Mont-d’Or is not only one of the most searched cheeses, its production is the most meticulously observed and controlled. Beside weekly controls the AOP has introduced a new website based control which is considered the newest step in traceability from production to sales.

Here are the different steps:

Enter date of milk delivery and analysis of the milk

Enter the required data during the production process

Enter the data when the cheese goes into the cellars for affinage

Enter the data during affinage

Verification and control of all the entries before cheese is released

First data entry at begin of production

Follow all the stages in data entry required by the system

Real time entry

The first Vacherin Mont-d’Or with the “code of traceability”

The Swiss TV was there for the “historic” moment.


WBC Holiday Show NYC

August 23, 2018

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the World’s Best Cheeses Holiday Show took place in New York City. Here is our display:

80 customers are in for Adopt-an-Alp

August 3, 2018

We are absolutely thrilled! As of August 3, 2018 80 (eighty) stores, restaurants and markets have committed to Adopt-an-Alp. This is a great support for transhumance and even more welcomed by the farmers this year that has been challenging due to the drought that plagues most of Europa (and other parts of the planet).

Those committments mean an increase of roughly a third compared to last year. It is also good news for the American customer and cheese lover: In the fall you will get cheeses that are superior in craftmanship and scientifically proven beneficial to one’s health.

Images from transhumance

Alpe Tompey where L’Etivaz AOP is made.

Transhumance is often a family thing.

Transhumance also takes place in the Jura Mountain Range.

Some chalets have been built in the 18. or 19. century.

Caroline’s Transhumance Seminar at ACS

July 26, 2018

If you are at the conference of the American Cheese Society (ACS) in Pittsburgh don’t miss this opportunity. Caroline will have a seminar about transhumance where you can learn about a centuries old tradition. The powerpoint presentation takes place on Saturday morning (2nd slot).

Right now we have over 70 customers in our Adopt-an-Alp program which supports transhumance in Switzerland. This is an increase of 22% compared to last year!

Forget low-fat – eat dairy fat!

July 13, 2018

This is a blow to all those lowfat-nodairy worshippers: A study done by The University of Texas Health Center at Houston over a period of 22 years (!) found no link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke. Quite the contrary: The findings, published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”, say¬†that one fatty acid present in dairy may lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, particularly from stroke!

Really, fat is good. Just ask Oetzi, the stoneage man discovered under ice in the Italian Alps in 1992. The recent analysis of his stomach showed that the 5300 years old mummy did not just eat vegetables, fruit and berries. No, he followed also a diet that was high in animal protein and fat. Scientists found remains of ibex and venison in his stomach.

In other words: Throw that lowfat stuff out.

The stomach of the Iceman “Oetzi” is well preserved and completely filled (arrows).