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Leerdammer® is a natural authentic semi-hard Dutch cheese with holes.


With its surprisingly soft creamy texture and mild, slightly sweet flavour, Leerdammer® is a cheese that appeals to practically everyone. Leerdammer® is ideal in sandwiches and as a snack as well as melting and grating, it can transform any dish into something special.


Product range

Deli Wheel – Available from the deli counter in a cut to size format, the Leerdammer® wheel is where it all starts.


Original – The slices are ultra convenient and offer a quick and easy way to transform your sandwich or snack into something extra special.

Lightlife – The same great taste but with 38% less fat than the original slices and 50% less fat than cheddar, an easy way to transform your sandwich or snack to a lighter option

Mature – Matured for longer to give an intense smooth and creamy taste.


Original – Cut from the wheel, the deliciously smooth and creamy taste of Leerdammer® in a versatile block.

Mature – The distinctive taste of Leerdammer® matured for longer. The rich flavour makes this block ideal for cooking or an indulgent snack.

The tradition of Leerdammer®

While the Leerdammer® brand was not officially born until 1977, its history is much older. It began nearly a century ago with two entrepreneurial Dutch men who would become two big names in the cheese-making industry.

A Stunningly Successful Cheese

In 1914, Cees Boterkooper bought a small dairy in Schoonrewoerd, a rural town located close to Leerdam. At the same time, entrepreneur Bastiaan Baars was running a cheese distribution business in a neighbouring village. The paths of the cheese maker and the merchant eventually crossed in 1970. Soon after, they decided to work together to create a new kind of cheese that would be different from the famous Gouda and Emmental cheeses. This is how the Leerdammer® wheel was born.

Leerdammer® Today

Today Leerdammer® is the European leader in semi-hard cheese, and is available in a full range of formats, some traditional (pre-packed blocks and cuts from the deli) and some more suited to the requirements of contemporary living (slices)

Leerdammer® world

  • Leerdammer® is one of the best-selling cheeses in Europe; it's a great everyday staple with an extraordinary taste.
  • Leerdammer®'s characteristic holes are caused when carbon dioxide is produced by the unique blend of ferments used to make the cheese.
  • Leerdammer® is matured for between three and 12 months.

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*Nielsen Value Sales (£m): Total market w/e 3rd March 2012