Gligora Cheese Factory Wins 5 Awards at 2021 Great Taste Awards in UK

Daniela Rogulj

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It’s likely that if you’ve been lucky enough to taste cheese in Croatia, chances are, it’s from Gligora. With a history that dates back to 1918 when Ivan Gligora’s grandfather began producing Pag cheese in Kolan on the island of Pag, the Gligora Dairy brand was soon born, and its success – inevitable.

Over the years, the Gligora brand has grown as home to Croatia’s most prized dairy products. With over 50 employees at work every day, the factory produces over 450 tons of various cheeses annually, including about 50 tons of Pag cheese, with milk to make Pag cheese purchased from 200 partners from Pag, Dalmatia, Lika, and Kordun (for other cheese types). 

International awards crown every year of work. 

This time, the extra old Pag cheese, Likotin ripened in cherry Maraska, and Kozlar from olive pomace were awarded two stars, and Pag cheese and Težački cheese from wine must with one star at the 2021 Great Taste Awards in the UK!

The UK’s annual Guild of Fine Food competition judged more than 14,000 entries, 355 judges took part, and less than 2 percent of them received the best three-star rating. Two-star awards were also given to 1,138 products, and 4,027 received a one-star rating.

“Attractive, aged cheese with a good contrast of crust and cheese dough. A well-groomed cheese manifests itself in nutty, sweet, sour, and caramel flavors that lead to the pleasant acidity typical of sheep cheese of this age. The cheese we want to eat!” said one of the judges about the extra old Pag cheese.

Šime Gligora, the owner of the Gligora cheese factory, was also pleased:

“We are very pleased with the awards as a confirmation of the effort, dedication, and quality of work of all employees of the cheese factory. This is a common success for all of us and an additional impulse for the future. I want to thank all the customers who have recognized our quality before these awards and regularly trust us with their purchases.”

The Great Taste Awards were born in 1994 under the Guild of Fine Food Retailers with one goal – to ensure “retailers and producers work together to convince consumers that high quality, great-tasting food is mostly prepared in small batches by dedicated makers using fresh, honest & where possible local ingredients.”

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