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2015.11.04 09:08

Lilliput to conquer wider foreign markets

Algirdas Acus2015.11.04 09:08

A Lithuanian semi-hard cheese Liliputas, which is manufactured by the country's oldest Belvederis Cheese Dairy now aims to conquer the world market.

A Lithuanian semi-hard cheese Liliputas, which is manufactured by the country's oldest Belvederis Cheese Dairy now aims to conquer the world market.

After member-states of the European Union have finally given their blessing to the Liliputas, the product from 2015 is being sold with a "protected geographical indication" logo, usually marking such world class products as Parmigiano Reggiano or Bordeaux wine.

What is important, Liliputas has recently managed to get a Halal certificate from Iran. This certificate indicates that this cheese can be eaten by Muslims and opens the door to the Muslim world. Belvederis Cheese Dairy is now looking forward to a request of what amounts of cheese Iran would like to buy.

However, the quest to the world market will be limited, because Lithuanian Liliputas is a handmade cheese and ripened naturally, and thus its mass production is not possible. Belvederis Dairy only manages to make 1000 Lilliputas per day, which stands for only 500 kilograms of production.

Moreover, its production is based on the mold that grows only in Belvederis manor. Owners say they tried to transport this unique kind of mold to other dairies, by way of transporting the whole part of a concrete wall with its mold, but the mold would later die out – it continues to thrive only in Belvederis manor.

Liliputas has been produced in the Belvederis village from pasteurized cow’s milk, since 1958. This cheese marked for its very mild and milky flavour is traditionally covered with a smooth wax coat to preserve its freshness.

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GENADIJUS BUTKUS, Director of Belvederis Cheese Dairy:

It took a long time while the entire EU recognized it, including veterinary or medical agencies.

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GENADIJUS BUTKUS, Director of Belvederis Cheese Dairy:

Iran took it to their laboratories, researched it and decided that it is a truly good product.

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SNAIGUOLĖ JURKEVIČIENĖ BUTKUS, Head of Production at Belvederis Cheese Dairy:

Well, the mold protects it from drying and gives it a specific pleasant taste.