Tête de Moine AOP trade association
Foundation and purpose
On 18 September 1997 Tête de Moine AOP trade association was founded in Bellelay as an umbrella trade organisation dedicated to achieve the registration of Tête de Moine AOP as a protected designation of origin. Our trade organisation comprises milk producers, cheese-makers and ripening experts.
The purpose of the association is set down in its articles as follows:
The committee consists of 7 members, the three milk producers represent the districts of Courtelary, Franches Montagnes and Moutier, the ripening expert, two representatives of the private cheese dairies and one of the cheese dairy in Saignelégier.
There are 19 members elected for the delegates' conference, each cheese dairy and ripening expert has a seat. The ten milk producers elect six members to represent a cheese producing dairy each. Based on their production size the cheese dairies Fornet-Dessous and Saignelégier may elect two delegates each.