Our history

  • Ikona 1865


    BEL was founded in 1865 by Jules Bel, whose first factory for the production of aged cheeses was built in the French town of Orgelet. After his death, the family business was taken over by his son Leon, who after the First World War began producing processed cheese and founded the limited liability company Fromageries Bel.

  • Ikona 1921


    In 1921, Leon Bel patented the La Vache qui rit® cheese (in English known as The Laughing Cow®), which was unique in its form, packaging, and groundbreaking television advertising. BEL’s expansion began in 1929 when the first production plants were built in the UK and Belgium. In addition to international expansion, the product portfolio grew to include Bonbel® and Babybel®.

  • Ikona 1957


    In 1957, Leon Bel’s son-in-law, Robert Fievet, took over the management of the company, remaining as CEO of the company until 1996. Today, the company is managed by Antoine Fievet, Robert’s grandson, and the family tradition continues.

  • Ikona 1995


    In 1995, BEL entered the Czech market. On 1 January 1995, the predecessor of BEL Sýry Česko was established as a joint-stock company, since 2005 with all shares owned by the parent company Fromageries Bel.

  • Ikona 1954


    In 1954, the Michalovce dairy was founded.

  • Ikona 1972


    In 1972, the Michalovce dairy moved to a new plant, the current premises. Start of Karička's production.

  • Ikona 1990


    Karička rolls

  • Ikona 2000


    In 2000, the Michalovce dairy became part of Bel.

  • Ikona 2007


    Start of production of international brands.

  • Ikona 2009


    In 2009, Mini Baby Bel production starts in Michalovce.

  • Ikona 2013


    Karička receives the Slovak Superbrands Award 2013 - 2021.

  • Ikona 2020


    Start of production of the TITAN and ZEN lines.

  • Ikona 2021


    We enter the "plant-based" segment with the Nurishh brand also suitable for vegans.

  • Ikona 2021


    1st place HEALTHY COMPANY OF THE YEAR - manufacturing companies.