Tradition

The history of SM Spomlek begins in the first half of the 20th century. In a small settlement known as Wola Skromowska, the first cooperative dairy company in the Kingdom of Poland was established in 1909. More companies followed, founded by farmers, cattle breeders, and landowners. In spite of numerous adverse and tragic events, with which the history of Poland is replete, the idea of cooperation has not faltered in this region and it is handed down from one generation to the next.

As a cooperative, with the suppliers and employees being at the same time the owners of the company, Spomlek was able to develop systematically. Since the employees identify themselves with their company to a significant extent, the cooperative has become one of the leading companies in the cheese-making industry. The employees expect their company to be managed effectively and in a responsible manner, and that it actively takes part in the life of the local community.

The tradition of making cheese is both very old in Poland and very rich, rather like tradition of making wine in other parts of the world. Like many other European countries, this cheese-making tradition is inextricably entwined with the various monasteries that have been established here since the mediaeval period. Monks and friars embarking on missions to Poland brought many of their secrets with them, including well-tested recipes for making cheese. Immigrants from the Netherlands and Switzerland came to settle Poland, making significant contributions to the art of Polish cheese-making. The methods used today by Spomlek to produce the finest cheeses still derive from this long heritage, combining extensive knowledge with experience. These methods combine contemporary technology with recipes from centuries ago.