ABC cheese with chives attracted the attention of global experts.
The ABC cream cheese by Croatian company Belje has been ranked among the top global competitors during the world’s largest cheese evaluation competition – World Championship Cheese Contest, held in the United States. The world’s largest cheese manufacturers have sent as many as 2,595 samples from 23 countries, and ABC cheese with chives won the third place with 99.55 out of possible 100 points, reports Poslovni.hr on March 30, 2016.
ABC cheese with chives was assessed within the “spreadable flavoured natural cheese” category. The first place went to Alouette Le Petite Fromage Parmesan Basil by Alouette Cheese USA, and the second to Philadelphia Soft Cream Cheese Spread – Chive & Onion by Kraft Heinz, USA.
This was the 31st consecutive year that the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin was being held. The experts and renowned companies from around the world participated in the event. The high placement of the ABC samples in the cream cheese and flavoured cream cheese categories is not only a success for Belje, its producer, but for the entire Croatian dairy industry.
“ABC cream cheese is one of the most important products of Belje. Belje’s production is based on the local milk from the Belje farms, where we had a production of 35 million litres of milk in the last year. This year we plan to increase the production of the ABC cheese by 16 percent and we have very ambitious export plans that include the opening of several new export markets. Currently, ABC cheese is exported to 20 countries on four continents. These excellent results from the world’s largest evaluation contest give us a new impetus and confidence that we can find new customers worldwide”, said Davor Bošnjaković, the director of Belje.
The story of ABC started in 1980 when Belje experts came up with the recipe, and the flavours were added only later. For some time, its basic taste was a favourite of many consumers.