Deli Cheese Trip - featured

It’s no secret that our customers love cheese. If there’s any team at Publix that loves cheese the most, it’d be our corporate deli team. Every other year, they take an international trip in search for the best cheese. It’s not just any type of cheese they’re searching for: It’s your favorite — Publix deli specialty cheeses. They do it because they want to bring back their favorites to share with our customers. Along the way, they’re able to taste the most delicious cheeses known to humankind, which sounds like a great trip.

Every region our team visits offers its own unique cheese with different histories, shapes, textures and flavors. The ones that make the cut and become Publix deli specialty cheeses all have one thing in common: quality. These are high-quality cheeses made the old-fashioned way, sometimes with recipes that go back hundreds of years. While the quality is important, the way the farms operate is equally as important to Publix. Today, you’ll learn about some different farmers and producers they have met with. Let’s get started on our international trip!


Publix Deli Imported French Brie


Our imported French brie comes from northwest France. Here, our team met with the cheese producer. The producer sources their milk from small farms (an average of 65 cows per farm). Because of the high-quality grass and weather, the goal is for the cows to be on grass an average of 200 days per year. This cheese is great on a sandwich, as a baked dessert served with fresh fruit and as part of a cheese board. It is soft and creamy with an earthy, mushroom flavor in the rind and pairs well with champagne and pinot noir. For beer lovers, try it with a cherry ale.



Publix Deli Imported Dutch Aged Gouda

Deli Imported_Gouda

Our yummy imported Dutch aged gouda is produced in Holland and aged a minimum of 10 months. This leads to a cheese ripened to perfection on wooden shelves and turned by hand for a rich, full flavor. It’s perfect on a cheese board and delicious with a full-bodied wine. The taste is smooth and savory with a slight caramel flavor.


Publix Deli Imported Manchego

Deli Imported_Manchego

Next, our team traveled to the La Mancha region of Spain to meet with the producer of our deli imported manchego. This cheese is made from sheep’s milk and develops a natural rind during aging. In addition to being delicious, our manchego is aged without artificial preservatives which is different from a lot of other manchego on the market. This cheese is firm with a bright flavor, dry texture and an herbal aroma and pairs great with a full-bodied Spanish wines such as rioja. Enjoy it as part of a cheese board with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and crusty bread.

Some other amazing Publix Deli premium cheeses produced in the United States include our Domestic Fresh Mozzarella and Domestic Goat Cheese.


Publix Deli Domestic Fresh Mozzarella


The makers of our fresh mozzarella carry on a family tradition that goes back generations to Italy. Here in the US, to reproduce that same high-quality Italian cheese, they use the best milk from America’s Dairyland: Wisconsin. Using only the freshest milk, they create a soft, mild cheese that is milky and creamy. Give this cheese a try the next time you make pasta or salad, or make a caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and basil. Pair with a light white wine such as a pinot grigio to complement your meal.

Publix Deli Domestic Fresh Goat Cheese


Our goat cheese comes from a dairy farm founded almost 30 years ago in southwestern Wisconsin. The producers combine traditional French cheese-making techniques with modern recipes to create this award-winning line of goat cheeses. Enjoy this in a salad, on a cheese board or as an alternative to cream cheese. The classic wine pairing for goat cheese is sauvignon blanc.




We hope you enjoyed taking this trip with our deli team to learn about our Publix deli specialty cheeses. They’re all wonderful on their own, with crackers or however you enjoy. Find them at your nearest Publix in the deli and enjoy a little bite of France here and a taste of Holland there. Travel the world, one cheese at a time. Tell us your favorite type of cheese in the comments below or share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Thanks for traveling with us!

Matthew L.

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Matthew started with Publix in 2009. After working his way up to a Publix Manager, Matthew decided to make a change from retail and pursue his passion for writing. Matthew enjoys hearing stories from the people he's writing about and loves the Publix culture. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, son and their dog. They love to explore all that Central Florida has to offer.

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