All our products are sourced from the Netherlands.
Although you can buy Gouda and Edam cheese worldwide, Gouda and Edam from the Netherlands are the only ones that can add “HOLLAND” in the product description. Gouda and Edam manufactures have fought a 7 years battle to get their names protected and finally with some success (September 2010):
Soon all the cheese labeled ‘Gouda Holland’ and ‘Edam Holland’ will have been made in the Netherlands. The famous cheeses are being given Protected Geographical Status by the European Union and this will be clearly indicated on the label.
The application for Gouda and Edam cheese to be included on the Protected Geographical Status list was made in 2003 by the Dutch Dairy Organisation (NZO). Despite it almost certainly just being a matter of time, NZO’s René van Buitenen is not ready to celebrate quite yet: “We are waiting for the official announcement”.
The NZO says more and more foreign producers are making Gouda and Edam. It’s usually cheaper to produce the cheese abroad. The foreign versions often do not contain the same ingredients and are not as high quality as the genuine Dutch product. “And that does the good name of the cheese no good at all,” explains Mr Van Buitenen.
The economic stakes are high, with Gouda and Edam cheese good for around 13 billion euros a year. For a long time Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland made objections to the Dutch cheeses getting protected status. Farmers in the United States were also against the move.
Foreign producers will still be able to market Gouda or Edam, but only Dutch farmers will be able to use the labels ‘Gouda Holland’ and ‘Edam Holland’.
If the cheese they buy has the status label, people can be sure it has been produced according to the recipe for ingredients, preparation and ripening laid down in the 19th century. The NZO says you can then be assured of the full-bodied taste of which Dutch dairy farmers have always been so proud.