|With more than 100 years of cheese-making experience, Champignon brings the finest cheeses to your table.
Champignon got its roots when Julius Hirschle, its founder, traveled from Germany to France to learn how to make cheese in the early 1900’s. There he trained how to make the famous camembert cheese. He thought that milk from the Bavarian Alps could even improve the taste of the product, so when he came back to his Allgäu region in Bavaria, he started creating his own camembert, in the beginning supplying his friends and family. By 1908, he had cultivated the recipe so well that his camembert was successfully sold in the Bavaria region.
He then met Leopold Immler, a cheese merchant who was captivated by his product. His first milk contract came that year with a dairy co-op in Steig. Because the distinct aroma of mushroom (champignon) is found in camembert, Champignon was selected as the trademark name of the company, and written in the business registry in Berlin during 1909. Thus, Champignon Camembert was born.
Today, Champignon (Käserei Champignon in Germany) has more than 1,000 employees that produce many brands of cheese. The company is internationally known, selling to 55 countries. Though times have changed, Champignon is still uniquely Bavarian in its roots, which guarantees our customers the quality of our cheeses. Family owned throughout all these years, Champignon wants to stay family managed to continue the course of our business philosophy.
Headquartered in Lauben, the pristine countryside of the Bavarian Alp Mountains, our company also has a location in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which serves the United States.
The company’s standards include:
Champignon is recognized one of the leaders in the soft-ripened cheese industry because of our dedication to quality and consistency. Just like Julius Hirschle the founder, we continue going out of our way to provide the best product possible. You’ll always get the very best cheeses when you choose Champignon.
- Processing milk to the highest quality possible for milk and cheese products
- To maintain the company as one of the world’s most prominent dairy manufacturers
- Continue success with successful partnerships