Since 1895, Soignon cooperative has been working hard to keep the expertise of their forefathers alive
Since 1895, Soignon cooperative has been working hard to keep the expertise of their forefathers alive by making the best dairy and cheese products. With 8 production facilities, Soignon is the first goat cheese brand in France. Their mission : Enhance the unique flavor of goat milk !
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A family history
Soignon’s story began in 1895 in a small village in Deux-Sèvres, in France’s Poitou-Charentes region. Eighty goat farmers decided to band together one day to found the SOIGNON dairy and turn their goat milk into cheese. Since then, generations of farmers have come and gone, the cooperative has grown significantly, but their mission has not changed. More than 125 years later, they have not lost an iota of their authenticity and know-how and the quality of their milk proves it. Today, as in the past, Soignon wants to continue to tantalize your senses with cheese and dairy products that are always tastier than the last!
SOLIDARITY IS SOIGNON STRENGTH!
Today, Eurial/Soignon cooperative has nearly 600 member-goat farmers in France. Their goal is to lean on the strength of the collective to give their farmers the chance to defend their ideals. They protect their farmers’ interests and support them on a daily basis, so that they can make a good and sustainable living from their work. Their farmers participate in Soignon decision-making process several times a year. They meet to give their opinion and elect their representatives, who are themselves goat milk producers.
8 PRODUCTION SITES
While most of their cheese factories are located in Poitou-Charente, a historic goat area where a large number of their goat breeders are present, there are also other sites spread across France. Let’s take you on a little tour of France of their 8 production sites :
- Soignon dairy located in Saint-Martin-de-Saint-Maixent. This is where everything started with the production of their famous goat logs.
- Chaunay dairy located in the heart of Poitou-Charentes is where theyr produce aged goat logs and fresh cheeses.
- Crest dairy is located near the Vercors regional park. They produce delicious breaded goat cheese to be tasted warm over a nice salad.
- Dangé-Saint-Romain dairy, in the Vienne, produces soft goat cheeses.
- La Chapelle Thireuil dairy is their second dairy in les Deux-Sèvres. All apps’ and salads’ cheeses are produced there.
- Riec-Sur-Belon dairy, located in Britanny, is where they produce yogurts and fromages blancs.
- Tournon-Saint-Martin dairy is where they produce the traditional St Vincent’s goat log
- Last but not least, Château-Salins dairy, in the Moselle area, produces goat milk yogurts.
PROUD OF THEIR MILK!
They are constantly working to improve their recipes, so they can offer dairy and cheese products with a unique flavour, all while preserving their authenticity. They love the simple things and they want you to enjoy them, too. They are not looking to change it up too much, on the contrary, they want to preserve the original flavour of their products. They love and respect goat milk.
Did you know ?
Whilst cheese has left its mark on history, the reverse is also true!
The story goes that Valençay was originally shaped like a pointed pyramid. In the 19th century, its tip would, however, have to be cut off before it was presented at Napoleon’s table. In a thoughtful gesture, the Emperor’s host at the Château de Valençay was keen to avoid any reminder of the disastrous expedition in Egypt.