Leerdammer®'s story begins in Holland. In 1977, two Dutch cheese makers developed a new cheese with holes by combining Gouda and Emmental cheeses. From the start, Leerdammer® blended the best Dutch cheese traditions with a novel hazelnut taste that has won over European consumers.
In 2002, Leerdammer® joined the Bel family of brands. Innovation and fun became strong attributes of the brand, which was already as well known for its distinctive taste as for its offbeat commercials.