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Lithuanian cheese Džiugas gets PGI status

By Jim Cornall contact

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The cheese is named after the legendary Lithuanian giant, Džiugas.
The cheese is named after the legendary Lithuanian giant, Džiugas.

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Lithuanian cheese Džiugas, produced by Žemaitijos Pienas, has received a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) from the European Commission.

The cheese is produced in Telšiai, and is named after the legendary Lithuanian giant, Džiugas. 

Džiugas also recently added a ‘Premio Roma’ award for its 100-month maturity to its list of international awards.

The company said growth in UK sales are the result of cheese shoppers’ positive response to a vegetarian, lactose-free hard cheese that offers a gourmet flavor at well under a luxury cost. 

Džiugas is also available as a grated cheese in re-sealable packs.

Last year, Žemaitijos Pienas opened an office in the UK to further promote its expanding range of products, which include the glazed curd dessert bar Magija, a variety of cheeses under the Džiugas brand, Germanto cheeses, and Pik-Nik.

The Pik-Nik varieties of string cheese snacks was expanded last year with a new product enhancement that has increased the Vitamin D content contained in each peelable cheese stick.

Žemaitijos Pienas, located in Telšiai, was established in 1924, and now employs more than 1,300.

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