Food: Cheese

Bouillon KUB

La vache qui rit
Fromage Teama
Fromage Vignottes
Dulces Mallorquina
Bica Pazo
Biscuits Pernot
Chocolat d'Aiguebelle
Chocolat Menier
Chocolat Meurisse
Chocolat Moreuil
Chocolat Poulain

Ice Cream
Dairy Day
Go Cool
Sweets and snacks
Canteperdrix nouga
Juicy Fruit
Ruffles chips
Sabritas chips
Pâtes Arrighi
Basmati Rice
Biscottes Darry
Biscottes ???
Pans Company

Madagascar; 22.X.2012; pict. H. De Meyer
La Vache qui rit — C'est mon ... ... préferé

Antananarivo (Madagascar),
XII.2003; pict. M. Chartier
Central highlands (Madagascar),
XII.2003; pict. M. Chartier
Antananarivo (Madagascar);

Antananarivo (Madagascar), XII.2003; pict. M. Chartier
La Vache qui rit or The laughing Cow was registered as a trade name by Léon Bel in April 1921. In the beginning she wasn't laughing, she wasn't red and she didn't wear ear-rings. That was only from 1924 on.
Antananarivo (Madagascar), XII.2003; pict. M. Chartier
The bleu-white ribon around the box dates from 1955. It is only in 1976 that both boxes in the ears are shown with the front-side visible. Before that year we were shown a front and back side.

Learn more in a virtual exhibition of the Musée de la Publicité in Paris (they keep moving it around; latest check XI.2019). The story of La Vache qui rit was also given in La Revue des Marques in 1994. (French only; latest check: XI.2019)

Ambositra (Madagascar); 21.X.2012; pict. H. De Meyer
A small shop entirely themed around La Vache qui rit.

Ambositra (Madagascar); 21.X.2012; pict. H. De Meyer
The left side wall of the shop
Ambositra (Madagascar); 21.X.2012; pict. H. De Meyer
The right side wall of the shop shows a box of the cheese. Therefore the ear rings are white without a drawing, just like the boxes on the other walls.

Moramanga (Madagascar); 23.X.2012; pict. H. De Meyer
A wall dedicated to cheese of the Teama brand.
The round box is for the triangles and the Action is for the square portions.

Fromage mitondra hery ... means Cheese brings strength.

Teama is a brand of the Best Cheese Company of Egypt. The company was founded in 1995 and has grown to be one of the largest processed cheese producers of that country.

Eclaron (Champagne, France); VI.1999

Fromages Vignottes

Now, this is a confusing mural.
We see a speed-boat in an enormous Camembert-like cheese. The vessel carries two labels: Fromages Vignottes and MINI TRANSAT. What is the link with the brand?

And then: the warning signs for radio-activity! Left and right on the cheese-world, on the cargo and on the label with the brand name. I can't believe this is a regular ad. Is it an artwork inspired by Fromages Vignotte (without 'S') or an anti-ad from a competitor? Needs more research.

Narbonne (France);
VIII.20008; pict. T. Taal
Tous les yaourts, desserts, fromages frais, ....
menent à
la santé

It was in 1934 that three men named Aboucaya, Lapeyre and Baillivet became asociates to form a dairy-farm under the name ALB. One of their products were the so called petit suisses (invented in 1850 in French Normandy by an employee from a local diary-farm who was born in Switzerland)). Petit suisse fromage is meant as a dessert cheese. The size of one serving in those days was twice today's standard size. It was Mr. Gervais who started industrial production of what was later called Petits Gervais.

After the second World War, ALB started competition against the popular Petits Gervais with their own petits Chambourcy. This name was choosen because the first of the founders had a property in Chambourcy (Paris region). In 1961 the brothers Benoit became the new owners of the company which was renamed Chambourcy in 1962. It became part of the large Nestlé family in 1978. The name was blanked out in 1996.

Chambourcy brand was brought back to life in 1998 when three investors bought it back from Nestlé. From now on it would focus on organic products (dairy and other).

La Revue des Marques published the Saga Nestlé (French; X.2000) with some paragraphs about Chambourcy.

Clermont s Oise (60 France);
XI.1993; pict. P. Rigault
c'est écrit dessus
or it's written on the top

Port-Salut was born in 1816.

The text C'est écrit dessus appears on the package in 1988 and it is gone again in 1991.

Port-Salut is, together with La vache qui rit, a brand of the Groupe BEL which dates back to 1865 when Jules Bel started to make cheese in Orgelet (F). The company moved about 20km away to Lons-le-Saunier in 1897, where headquarters still are. After the dead of Jules in 1904, his son Léon took over.

Website of the Groupe BEL with history and much more: (several languages).

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