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The Tête de Moine activity generates 370 jobs in the region of origin, this is considered as an employer of middle to big importance. The activity has a revenue of more than CHF 70 mio. with 50 % being made in the region of origin.

Since the end of 90's, the production is almost doubled, due to the evolution of the exportation. More than one in two Tête de Moine is exported today. The intention is to maintain an extremely raised quality standard, in the respect of the traditions and to keep an added value, in interest of all actors of the Tête de Moine activity.

The Tête de Moine activity today :

  • 237 dairy farms (01.01.2021)
  • 9 cheese dairies (6 village dairies, 2 farm producers and the Maison de la Tête de Moine)
  • 2 affineurs

Behind the Tête de Moine AOP stand several organisations with 3 different tasks :

Tête de Moine AOP trade association

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:

  • to register and maintain the protected designation of origin Tête de Moine AOP
  • to establish favourable prerequisites for optimum product marketing, in particular:
    • promote coordinated marketing efforts at home and abroad using a uniform communication strategy while taking any existing infrastructure into account
    • support activities that help maintain and improve product quality within the AOP specifications
    • control supply and price within the conditions set down by the new milk market ordinance
    • define a common brand policy
    • struggle against imitations
  • to represent Tête de Moine AOP towards the authorities and the public
  • to engage in any other activities helping to promote Tête de Moine AOP.

Association of Tête de Moine cheesemakers (AFT)

The Association of Tête de Moine (Bellelay cheese) cheesemakers AFT was founded in March 1978 with the purpose of promoting the production of Tête de Moine AOP in the region of origin, improving the product quality, spreading the knowledge of this cheese speciality at home and abroad and taking care of the protection of the designation of origin Tête de Moine, Bellelay cheese AOP. The association further aims to create and protect a common brand and to lobby for the Tête de Moine AOP producers in the dairy business in general.

Association of Tête de Moine milk producers (APLT)

In May 2002 the milk producers supplying the Tête de Moine AOP producers founded the Association of Tête de Moine milk producers (APLT) Together with the Association of Tête de Moine (Bellelay cheese) producers AFT set up in 1978 and trade association in 1997 this is an important stage in the organisation of the whole trade.

The association is meant to represent the milk producers' interest within the trade association, prepare negotiations with the other partners of the Tête de Moine AOP concerning price and amount adaptations and help support the activities of the trade association. Together with the trade association the association focuses its efforts on providing information about the milk producers of the trade.

AOP

Tête de Moine AOP is a protected designation of origin (AOP = Appellation d'origine protégée) from the Swiss Jura. The AOP label guarantees that Tête de Moine AOP is the genuine cheese produced in the designated mountainous areas of the Jura according to a traditional method and submitted to stringent quality controls.

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  • Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    Photo exhibition by Pierre Montavon

    20 years PDO - From May 1st, 2021 a photo exhibition by Mr. Pierre Montavon on the theme of the new book l'Univers de la Tête de Moine will be presented at the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    This exhibition of photographs from the book will portray the character of this cheese. The exhibition also portrays the many people who contribute passionately to the success of this cheese, from the dairy farm to the Michelin-starred restaurant and, of course, to the cheese dairies.

  • Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    Exhibition of sculptures by Christian Burger

    20 years PDO - In the cultural section, an exhibition of four monumental sculptures, never before seen in Switzerland, will be presented under the aegis of the sculptor Christian Burger on the grounds around the Maison de la Tête de Moine.

    The works, made of hay by eight people, each require almost a week of work. The creations can be admired in principle until October.

  • The universe of Tête de Moine

    The universe of Tête de Moine

    Once upon a time there was a cheese like no other. Published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PDO certification, this book relates the odyssey of the Tête de Moine.

    More information... (FR)

  • Exposition of giant sculptures

    Exposition of giant sculptures

    The hay giants will be back! Exhibition to be discovered from 1st May 2021 in Bellelay.

    2018 edition in video (Youtube)

  • 5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    5th Festival of the Tête de Moine

    The 5th Festival of Tête de Moine will be held in Bellelay from April 29th to May 1st 2022.

    More information ...

  • 4th Festival : the highlights

    4th Festival : the highlights

    Find in pictures the highlights of the 4th Tête de Moine Festival.

    Video (Youtube)