Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome on the Paysan Breton Frequently Asked Questions

You are looking for information on our brand, our products or our cooperative company ? The most frequently asked questions are summed up in this section. If you do not find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our products

• All our products •

Where are Paysan Breton products manufactured?

We have seven production sites in the regions of Brittany and Loire Atlantique in Western France, more precisely in Landerneau (Finistère), Ploudaniel (Finistère), Créhen (Côtes-d'Armor), Yffiniac (Côtes-d'Armor), Lanfains (Côtes-d'Armor), Pont Scorff (Morbihan) and Ancenis (Loire-Atlantique).

Where does the milk used to manufacture Paysan Breton products come from?

The milk used to manufacture products in the Paysan Breton range is high-quality milk collected from the 7,000 dairy farmer members of our cooperative. Their farms are located in Brittany and Pays de la Loire, within a 70 km (44 mile) radius of the sites where our products are manufactured.  

Paysan Breton dairy farmers belong to the Paysan Breton cooperative and have a say in all important decisions.

Are Paysan Breton products pasteurised?

All Paysan Breton products are made with pasteurised milk, with the exception of Paysan Breton Label Rouge Brie which contains thermised milk. 

Pasteurisation is a process in which milk is heated to kill undesirable micro-organisms naturally present in raw milk and thus to extend its usable life. At our facilities, we apply our expertise at each link in the manufacturing chain: selection of ingredients, choice of ferments, skimming, pasteurisation and so forth. Thanks to all our experience in these areas, constant quality of Paysan Breton products is assured.

What do the figures in the oval-shaped label on products mean?

The oval printed on our products is called a health mark. This mark guarantees the traceability of our products. In fact, it provides an indication of the location of the production site and is composed of several pieces of information: 

  • A two-letter code representing the name of the country where the product was manufactured: FR = France 
  • The no. of the administrative department
  • The INSEE code of the commune where the facility is located
  • The number allocated to the production facility
  • Finally, the letters "CE" (European Community) certifying that the product came from a European country

For example, the marking on our Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese products is: FR 22.049.001 CE.

 This shows that Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses are made in France, in the department of Côtes d’Armor (22), the INSEE code of the city (Créhen) where the facility is located is 049, the number assigned to the production facility is 001.

Which Paysan Breton products contain animal rennet?

Most Paysan Breton products do not contain animal rennet. It is an ingredient in just one product: Paysan Breton Label Rouge Brie.

How can I eat Paysan Breton products?

You can enjoy Paysan Breton products in lots of different ways: our Crepes and Buttermilk are delicious just as they are; our Butter, Whipped Soft Cheese, Cheese Board Cheeses and even Caramel are the perfect accompaniment to bread, or you can add other sweet or savoury ingredients to suit your own tastes.  Paysan Breton products also make ideal ingredients to cook your favourite dishes by yourself. 

How can I cook Paysan Breton products?

Paysan Breton products can be used in all kinds of recipe. Of course, our Butter and our Emmental are obvious choices, but all of our products can be used to make all sorts of delicious dishes. 

Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese brings extra flavour to sandwiches, soups, tarts, verrines and appetizers (mix with single cream when you bake your appetizers to prevent them from drying out). 

Our Buttermilk will be your secret ingredient for making smooth pancake or cake batter, light sauces, smoothies and chilled soups or even making a fresh, light drinking yoghurt for your children, ideal with a drop of fruit syrup or pieces of fruit. You should never boil Buttermilk.

You can also concoct mouthwatering desserts with our Crepes and Caramels. 

Simply visit the "Our recipes" section on our website www.paysanbreton.fr There you will find a host of recipe suggestions made with Paysan Breton products. 

Where can I find Paysan Breton recipe books?

These recipe books were published as part of our promotional campaigns and proved so popular that all copies were given out.

Fear not, however, to simply visit the "Our recipes" section on our website www.paysanbreton.fr. There you will find a host of recipe suggestions made with Paysan Breton products.

• Our Butters •

Where is Paysan Breton butter manufactured?

All products in the Paysan Breton range are manufactured in Western France. We have two production facilities for butter: one in Landerneau (Finistère) and the other in Ancenis (Loire-Atlantique). Constantly upgraded, our production facilities are where we process the milk used to make our simple and delicious products, all free from artificial colourings and flavourings and free from preservatives, based on original recipes.

How is Paysan Breton butter manufactured?

Paysan Breton Butter is made from high-quality cow's milk, sourced from our 7,000 dairy farmer members whose facilities are located in the regions of Brittany and Pays de la Loire. 

The cream from the milk is combined with  lactic ferments to guarantee the typical great taste of our Butter. Inspired by traditional methods, the manufacturing process we use produces butter with a delicious creamy taste. Depending on the type of butter, we then add salt, always the right amount, not too much, not too little.

What are the ingredients in Paysan Breton Butter?

The main ingredient of butter is, of course, milk. We obtain high-quality cow's milk by adhering to industry best practices in place at the farm and onwards. This milk is sourced from the farms of our 7,000 dairy farmer members located in the regions of Brittany and Pays de Loire. 

At our facilities, our butter is made using processes that apply our expertise each step of the way, including the selection of ingredients and choice of ferments. It is this know-how that guarantees the constant quality of Paysan Breton products.

  • Paysan Breton Unsalted Butter contains about 98% cream and 2% lactic ferments.
  • Paysan Breton Slightly Salted Butter contains about 96% cream, 2% lactic ferments and 2% salt.
  • Butter with Sea Salt from Guérande contains about 95.4% cream, 2% lactic ferments and 2.6% sea salt from Guérande.
  • Butter with Sea Salt contains about 95.4% cream, 2% lactic ferments and 2.6% sea salt.
  • Paysan Breton Unsalted Churned Butter contains about 98% cream and 2% lactic ferments.
  • Churned Butter with Sea Salt from Guérande contains about 95% cream, 2% lactic ferments and 3% sea salt from Guérande.

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Butter?

  • Unsalted Butter:

Per 100g: Energy: 3058kJ or 744kcal, Fat: 82g of which saturates: 60g, Carbohydrates: 0.6g of which sugars: 0.6g, Protein: 0.8g, Salt: 0.05g

  • Slightly Salted Butter:

Per 100g: Energy: 2984 KJ or 726 kcal, Fat: 80 g of which saturates: 57 g, Carbohydrates: 0.6g of which sugars: 0.6g, Protein: 0.8g, Salt: 2 g

  • Butter with Sea Salt from Guérande :

Per 100 g: Energy: 2984kJ or 726kcal, Fat: 80 g of which saturates: 57g, Carbohydrates: 0.6g of which sugars: 0.6g, Protein: 0.8g, Salt: 2g

  • Butter with Sea Salt:

Per 100g: Energy: 2984kJ or 726kcal, Fat: 80g of which saturates: 57g, Carbohydrates: 0.6g of which sugars: 0.6g, Protein: 0.8g, Salt: 2g

  • Unsalted Churned Butter:

Per 100g: Energy: 3053kJ or 742kcal, Fat: 82g of which saturates: 57g, Carbohydrates: 0.5g of which sugars: 0.5g, Protein: 0.6g

  • Churned Butter with Sea Salt from Guérande : 

Per 100g: Energy: 2979kJ or 724kcal, Fat: 80g of which saturates: 57g, Carbohydrates: 0.5g of which sugars: 0.5g, Protein: 0.6g salt 2.2g

You can also find all nutritional values and other information in each product information sheet in the "Our products" section of our website www.paysanbreton.fr

Can any ingredients contained in Paysan Breton Butters trigger allergies?

The main ingredient of Paysan Breton Butters is cow's milk. Anyone who is allergic to this type of milk should, of course, not consume these products.

Products by Paysan Breton are intentionally simple. We make sure our products contain as few ingredients as possible and that the ingredients we do use are of the highest quality. The milk used to manufacture Paysan Breton products is high-quality cow's milk. Paysan Breton products are free from artificial colourings and flavourings and free from preservatives.

Do Paysan Breton Butters contain any additives?

Paysan Breton products do not contain any artificial colourings and flavours or preservatives. Our Butter is manufactured to traditional recipes and meets the demands of today's consumers in terms of flavour, spreadability, practicality, food safety and other criteria.

Paysan Breton Butter is made from high-quality cow's milk manufactured following industry best practice, from the farm to the production facility to the store. Our milk is sourced from our 7,000 dairy farmer members whose farms are located within 70 km of our production facilities. 

Please note that is it quite natural for the colour of our butter to change through the seasons as the cows' diet changes. Fresh grass in spring and summer results in butter that is more yellow in colour, while winter fodder and cereal makes the butter lighter in appearance. Importantly, Paysan Breton farmers prioritise open-air grazing for their cattle, for an average of 6-7 months. Cows graze in spring and summer because, like us, they prefer to be warm and sheltered in winter, in a clean and airy cowsheds.

What are the ideal conditions for storing Paysan Breton Butter?

The  Paysan Breton Butter is better kept in the refrigerator (max. 8°C) away from light to avoid it spoiling. Also, our Butter should be kept away from highly odorous products (e.g. garlic, onions, fish, melon) as products containing fat can absorb odours.

How long will Paysan Breton Butter keep once opened?

Once opened, the useful life of butter will depend on the number of times and how long your butter is removed from the fridge. To ensure it keeps its taste qualities for as long as possible, we recommend that you limit the time the butter is exposed to light and store it at a temperature of between 4°C and 8°C. 

We produce our Butter in a range of weights (10g, 125g, 250g, 500g) and formats (Moulded, Tubs, Single Portions) to tailor our products to your consumption habits. 

How long after the expiration date can I consume Paysan Breton Butter?

Paysan Breton Butters are printed with a best before date on the packaging indicated by the words "Best before:"

After this date, the taste properties of our Butter cannot be guaranteed. However, the product will not be harmful to your health provided it has been stored in the recommended conditions and within a reasonable period of time.

Can I freeze my Paysan Breton Butter?

Yes, Paysan Breton Butter can be frozen. We recommend you to freeze it soon after purchase and to defrost it slowly in your refrigerator. Also, use it quickly after it has defrosted to keep the best of its taste and flavour. And also remember that, as with any food product, defrosted butter must never be frozen again. 

• Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses •

Where are Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses manufactured?

Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses are manufactured in Brittany at our cheese production facility in Créhen (Côtes d'Armor). Our recipes are made using milk sourced from the farms of our dairy farmers located within a 70 km radius of our production facilities. 

How are Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses manufactured?

Our Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses are made from high-quality cow's milk sourced from our 7,000 dairy farmer members. The cheese is then processed to obtain a full and whipped consistency that creates a delicious fresh sensation in the mouth. To produce the different varieties of Madame Loïk, carefully selected ingredients are added to our Whipped Soft Cheeses are then packaged in totally recyclable cardboard pots.

What are the ingredients in Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses?

Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses and all other Paysan Breton products are free from artificial colourings and flavourings and free from preservatives. The main ingredient in all Madame Loïk products is high-quality milk produced following best practices in place at the farms. Depending on the variety, other ingredients are added to the recipe (mixed herbs, shallots, chives, walnuts, etc.).

Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses are simple products based on traditional know-how passed down from generation to generation. Regarding all additional ingredients, these are always carefully selected by us to ensure they meet our high quality standards and are added in just the right quantities. 

Find the full list of ingredients listed by product in the "Our products" section on our website www.paysanbreton.fr

Do Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses contain any additives?

Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses and all other Paysan Breton products are free from artificial colourings and flavourings and free from preservatives. Paysan Breton products are simple products made using a limited number of ingredients. They follow traditional Breton recipes passed down from generation to generation and meet the demands of today's consumers in terms of flavour, texture, food safety, practicality and other criteria.

Can any ingredients contained in Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses trigger allergies?

The main ingredient in Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses is cow's milk. Anyone who is allergic to this type of milk should, of course, not consume these products. 

Furthermore, some Paysan Breton Whipped Cream Cheese can contain allergens, such as walnuts and fish. They are manufactured separately and undergo washing on the same production line. However, there is a risk, albeit extremely small, that potentially allergenic ingredients can be transferred from one product to another. It is a matter of precaution that we mention any potential direct presence of allergens directly on product packaging, indicated by the words "May contain nuts and fish". 

We recommend you check the list of ingredients on the sleeve around the pot; allergens are always indicated and can change with the recipe. You can also check the product information sheets for Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses in the "Our products" section on our website www.paysanbreton.fr

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses?

  • Plain:

Per 100g: Energy: 1039kJ or 252kcal, Fat: 24g of which saturates: 17.3 g, Carbohydrates: 3g of which sugars: 3g, Protein: 5.9g, Salt: 1.1g

  • Shallots and Chives:

Per 100g: Energy: 1004kJ or 243kcal, Fat: 23g of which saturates: 16.7g, Carbohydrates: 3.5g of which sugars: 3.5 g, Protein: 5.5g, Salt: 1.1g

  • Garlic and Mixed Herbs:

Per 100g:  Energy: 1011kJ or 245kcal, Fat: 23g of which saturates: 16g, Carbohydrates: 3.6g of which sugars: 3 g, Protein: 5.8g, Salt: 1.2g

  • Walnut & Fig:

Per 100g: Energy: 1115kJ or 270kcal, Fat: 24 g of which saturates: 16 g, Carbohydrates: 7g of which sugars: 6.5g, Protein: 5.9g, Salt: 1g

  • Red Pepper:

Per 100g: Energy: 1012kJ or 245kcal, Fat: 23g of which saturates: 16.7g, Carbohydrates: 4g of which sugars: 4g, Protein: 5.5g, Salt: 1.4g

  • With Walnut Pieces:

Per 100g: Energy: 1041kJ or 252kcal, Fat: 24g of which saturates: 17.3 g, Carbohydrates: 3g of which sugars: 3 g, Protein: 6g, Salt: 1.1g

  • Goat Cheese:

Per 100g: Energy: 1041kJ or 252kcal, Fat: 24g of which saturates: 17.4g, Carbohydrates: 3g of which sugars: 3g, Protein: 6g, Salt: 1.4g

How soon after opening should I consume Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses?

Sold in resealable pots, Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses from Paysan Breton can be consumed up to one week after being opened, provided they are stored in the refrigerator between 2°C and 6°C and the lid is firmly in place on the pot.

How can I consume Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese?

Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese is ideal spread on bread, with or after a meal, just like you would enjoy other types of cheeses. You can also use it as a filling in sandwiches or as an ingredient in cold and hot dishes: appetizers, toast, tarts, quiches, bagels… 

For other recipe ideas using Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese, check the "Our recipes" section on our website. 

How can I cook with Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses?

Our Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses can be used in a variety of ways, in hot as well as cold dishes: 

  • For hot and cold appetizers or starters: appetizers, toasts, pastries, in a soup …                             
  • Hot dishes: as a gratin topping (Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheese is then softened with milk or thick Crème Fraîche), in pastas or in an omelette
  • In hot sauces to accompany meat or fish
  • In sweet desserts, to make a cheesecake for example

For more inspiration, check out the recipes in the "Our recipes" section on our website.

Can I consume Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses after the expiration date?

Paysan Breton Madame Loïk Whipped Soft Cheeses are printed with a best before date on the packaging, indicated by the words "Best before:" followed by a date. 

After the date indicated, the taste properties of the product (freshness, flavour, aromatic intensity of ingredients, softness, etc.) cannot be guaranteed. However, if consumed within a reasonable period of time, the product will not pose any danger to your health.

• Our Crepes •

Where are Paysan Breton Crepes manufactured?

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Can any ingredients contained in Paysan Breton Crepes trigger allergies?

Our Paysan Breton Crepes contain, amongst other ingredients, the following allergens: milk, gluten,eggs. 

This product is not suitable for people who are allergic to milk and milk-based products, cereals containing gluten and eggs and egg-based ingredients.

If you are unsure, allergenic ingredients are always listed on our packaging. You can also check the product information sheets for Crepes and Filled Crepes in the "Our products" section on our website www.paysanbreton.fr

 

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Crepes?

  • L'Authentique:

Per 100g: Energy: 1506kJ or 357kcal, Fat: 9.4 g of which saturates: 5.3 g, Carbohydrates: 59 g of which sugars: 29 g, Fibre: 1.5g, Protein: 8.4g, Salt: 2.1g

  • With Butter and Brown Cane Sugar:

Per 100g: Energy: 1697kJ or 404kcal, Fat: 15 g of which saturates: 8.4g, Carbohydrates: 59g of which sugars: 35g, Fibre: 1.6g, Protein: 7.4g, Salt: 1.9g

  • Vanilla flavoured " La Vanillée":

Per 100g: Energy: 1506kJ or 357kcal, Fat: 9.4g of which saturates: 5.3g, Carbohydrates: 59g of which sugars: 29g, Fibre: 1.5g, Protein: 8.4g, Salt: 2.1g

  • With Salted Butter Caramel:

Per 100g: Energy: 1696kJ or 403kcal, Fat: 14g of which saturates: 9.8 g, Carbohydrates: 62g of which sugars: 34g, Fibre: 1.3g, Protein: 6.7g, Salt: 1.7g

 

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Filled Crepes?

  • Filled Crepes with chocolate and pieces of milk chocolate:

Per 100g: Energy: 1841kJ or 439kcal, Fat: 19g of which saturates: 10g, Carbohydrates: 58g of which sugars: 44g, Fibre: 3.9g, Protein: 7.1g, Salt: 1.17g

  • Filled Crepes with Plougastel Strawberry Jam:

Per 100g: Energy: 1451kJ or 343kcal, Fat: 5.6g of which saturates: 3.7g, Carbohydrates: 67g of which sugars: 45g, Fibre: 2.1g, Protein: 5.2g, Salt: 1.12g

  • Filled Crepes with Salted Butter Caramel: 

Per 100g: Energy: 1593kJ or 379kcal, Fat: 12g of which saturates: 8.1g, Carbohydrates: 61g of which sugars: 36g, Fibre: 1.5g, Protein: 5.9g, Salt: 1.6g

What are the ideal conditions for storing Paysan Breton Crepes?

For our crepes to stay soft and keep their appealing texture, we recommend that you store them at room temperature in a dry place. Also, it is essential that the packaging is properly sealed after use. 

 

How long after the expiration date can I consume Paysan Breton Crepes?

Paysan Breton Crepes are printed with a best before date, indicated on the packaging with the following words: "Best before:" followed by a date.

After this date, the taste properties of the product may be compromised. However, the product will not be harmful to your health provided it has been stored in the recommended conditions and is consumed within a reasonable period of time. Paysan Breton Crepes will lose their soft, moist texture. 

 

How long can Paysan Breton Crepes be kept after opening?

Once the packaging has been opened, the taste properties of the product will slowly deteriorate: the crepes will gradually lose their soft texture.

Made with the finest ingredients, we want you to enjoy all the qualities of Paysan Breton Crepes. Accordingly, we recommend that you consume them within a few days of opening the packaging and that you seal the packaging each time it is opened, storing it at room temperature in a dry, dark place.

 

Can I freeze Paysan Breton Crepes?

Provided you have not yet opened the packaging, Paysan Breton Crepes can be frozen for up to 12 months. Paysan Breton Crepes will keep all their flavour.

 

How can I consume Paysan Breton Crepes?

Paysan Breton Crepes can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:

  • Plain, just as they are (some varieties come filled). 
  • Cold, ideal for children and adults, for breakfast or a snack. You can add jam, chocolate or any other type of spread. 
  •  Hot or cold, they can be incorporated into your desserts. They can be served with melted chocolate, jam, sugar, ice cream, sorbets or any other accompaniment of your choosing.

 For more inspiration, visit the "Our recipes" section on the www.paysanbreton.fr website to find hundreds of recipe ideas.

How can I heat up Paysan Breton Crepes?

Our crepes can be enjoyed both hot and cold. All varieties of our Paysan Breton Crepes (Vanilla flavoured, Plain, with Butter and Brown Cane Sugar, Salted Butter Caramel) can be heated.

To heat them:

  • In the microwave: remove the crepe from the plastic packaging and heat it for 5 to 10 seconds at maximum power.
  • In the toaster: for 10 to 15 seconds at its lowest setting.
  • In a frying pan: 1 minute on each side at a very low heat with a knob of butter.

How can I heat up Paysan Breton Filled Crepes?

In a frying pan, the microwave or the oven (with a knob of butter to prevent them from drying out), Paysan Breton Filled Crepes can also be heated. 

In the "Our recipes" section, we have posted a number of recipes made with Paysan Breton Filled Crepes.  Visit this section of the website should you need any culinary inspiration!

 

• Our Crème Fraîche •

Where is Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche manufactured?

All products in the Paysan Breton range are manufactured in Western France. Paysan Breton Crème Fraîche is manufactured at our facility in Yffiniac (Côtes d'Armor).

The high-quality cow's milk used to produce our Crème Fraîche is sourced from the farms run by our 7,000 dairy farmer members located in the regions of Brittany and Pays de Loire. For our Thick Crème Fraîche, milk is sourced more precisely from our members' farms located within a 70 km radius of our production site. Our farmers share our cooperative values: solidarity and sustainability.

 

What ingredients are used to make Thick Crème Fraîche?

Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche only contains high-quality cow's milk and select lactic ferments. 

 

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche?

Per 100g: Energy: 1198kJ or 291kcal, Fat: 30g of which saturates: 21g, Carbohydrates: 2.9g of which sugars: 2.9g, Protein: 2.3g, Salt: 0.07g

 

Can any ingredients contained in Paysan Breton Crème Fraîche trigger allergies?

The main ingredient of our Crème Fraîche is cow's milk. Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche is therefore not suitable for anyone who is allergic to this kind of milk.

 

How long will Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche keep once opened?

Paysan Breton Thick Crème Fraîche keeps for 5 days after opening. It must be stored in your refrigerator between 2°C and 6°C. 

 

• Our Fermented Milk/Buttermilk •

What is Buttermilk?

Buttermilk is a Breton culinary speciality. It is a fermented milk made from cow's milk and selected lactic ferments (similar process to how yoghurt is made). Buttermilk can be drank as is or served with crêpes. You can add fruit syrup or fruit or use it as an ingredient when cooking. Paysan Breton Buttermilk's creamy consistency and sweet taste brings you all the benefits of fermented milk products. 

 

Where is Paysan Breton Buttermilk manufactured?

All products in the Paysan Breton range are manufactured in Western France. More precisely Paysan Breton Buttermilk is manufactured at our factory in Lanfains (Côtes d’Armor).

 

How is Paysan Breton Buttermilk manufactured?

Our Buttermilk is made directly from pasteurised fresh milk with the addition of lactic ferments. It is produced following the exact same principle as yoghurt, which is also fermented milk but made with different types of ferments. These convert lactose into lactic acid which makes our Buttermilk easier to digest than traditional milk. Under the influence of this acidity, the milk obtains its consistency to become more creamy. 

The milk used to manufacture Paysan Breton Buttermilk is high-quality milk. It is sourced from our 7,000 dairy farmer members, grouped into cooperatives, and whose farms are located in Brittany and Pays de Loire, near Lanfains.

 

What are the benefits of Buttermilk?

Buttermilk, a Breton speciality, is a protein-rich fermented milk. The lactic ferments found in the Buttermilk convert the lactose into lactic acid making it easier to digest.

 

Can any ingredients contained in Buttermilk trigger allergies?

Buttermilk is, of course, not suitable for anyone who is allergic to milk-based products. However, it is a simple product containing only milk and lactic ferments.

 

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Buttermilk?

Per 100g: Energy: 256kJ or 61kcal, Fat: 3.4g, Carbohydrates: 4.3g, Proteins: 3.2g

 

How long will Paysan Breton Buttermilk keep once opened?

Our Buttermilk must be stored in the refrigerator between 0°C and 6°C maximum and be closed after each use. To take full advantage of its creamy consistency and sweetness, shake it well before use. Stored properly, you should consume it soon (3-4 days) after opening. 

To match our products to your consumption habits, we sell Paysan Breton Buttermilk in two bottle sizes: 50cl and 1l.

 

How long after the expiration date can I consume Paysan Breton Buttermilk?

Our Buttermilk comes with a use by date, indicated on the packaging with the words "Use by:" followed by a date. It is extremely important you do not consume Buttermilk after this date when its taste and safety properties may be compromised and you close the bottle after each use.

 

Can I boil Paysan Breton Buttermilk?

You should avoid boiling Paysan Breton Buttermilk. To use it when cooking, it is best to simmer Buttermilk before adding to your recipe. 

For ideas of recipes using Buttermilk, visit the "Our recipes section" on our website. 

 

How can I consume Buttermilk?

Served cold, Buttermilk makes a refreshing beverage, drank plain or with fruit syrup. You can also use it to make a delicious milkshake. 

While Buttermilk should never be boiled, it can be incorporated into crepe or waffle batters as well as cake and pastry mixes or added to soups or potatoes at the end of cooking, for example.

It can also be used in savoury recipes such as sauces and cold soups.

For more recipe ideas, visit the "Our recipes" page on our website www.paysanbreton.fr

• Our Cheese Board Cheeses •

Where are your Cheese Board Cheese manufactured?

Our Cheese Board Cheeses are produced at various production facilities, all located in Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire. Paysan Breton Emmental is manufactured at our cheese dairy in Ploudaniel (Finistère), Label Rouge Brie and La Baguette Cheese are both produced in Ancenis (Loire-Atlantique). The Kergall Camembert is made in Pont-Scorff (Morbihan).

 

What ingredients are used to make our Cheese Board Cheeses?

Paysan Breton Emmental contains pasteurised cow's milk, select lactic ferments and just the right dose of salt. 

Label Rouge Brie contains cow's milk, lactic ferments from milk, and salt.

La Baguette Cheese contains pasteurised cow's milk, salt and select lactic ferments. It also contains annatto, a plant-based food colouring. 

Le Kergall Camembert contains pasteurised cow's milk, salt (1.6%) and select lactic ferments.

 

Do Paysan Breton Cheese Board Cheeses (Le Kergall Camembert, Emmental, Label Rouge Brie and La Baguette Cheese) contain any allergens?

The main ingredient of Paysan Breton Cheese Board Cheeses is cow's milk. 

They are therefore not suitable for anyone who is allergic to this type of milk.

 

What are the nutritional values of Paysan Breton Cheese Board Cheeses?

  • Emmental (block)

Per 100g: Energy: 1566kJ or 377kcal, Fat: 29g of which saturates: 19.5g, Carbohydrates: 2g of which sugars: 2g, Protein: 27g, Salt: 0.7g

  • Emmental (grated)

Per 100g: Energy: 1566 KJ or 377 kcal, Fat: 29 g of which saturates: 19.5 g, Carbohydrates: 2 g of which sugars: 2 g, Protein: 27 g, Salt: 0.9 g

  • Label Rouge Brie:

Per 100g: Energy: 1302kJ or 314kcal, Fat: 26g of which saturates: 18.3 g, monounsaturates: 6.8g, polyunsaturates: 0.9g and trans fat: 0.8g, Carbohydrates: 2g of which sugars: 2g, Protein: 18g, Salt: 1.6g, Calcium: 300mg

  • Le Kergall Camembert:

Per 100g: Energy: 1191 KJ or 287 kcal, Fat: 23 g of which saturates: 16.3 g, Carbohydrates: 1 g of which sugars: 0.2 g, Protein: 19 g, Salt: 1.6 g

  • LaBaguette Cheese:

Per 100g: Energy: 1168kJ or 281kcal, Fat: 21g of which saturates: 14g, Carbohydrates: 2g of which sugars: 2g, Protein: 21g, Salt: 1.5g

How should I store Paysan Breton Cheese Board Cheeses?

Emmental: Store between 4°C and 8°C. To enjoy Paysan Breton Emmental at its best, we recommend you consume within 5 days from opening. To match our products to your consumption habits, Paysan Breton sells Emmental in a variety of sizes and formats: 220g or 350g block and 70g, 150g, 200g or 350g packets of grated cheese.

Label Rouge Brie: Store at between 2°C and 8°C

Le Kergall Camembert: Store at between 2°C and 6°C

La Baguette: Store at between 2°C and 8°C

 

How should I consume Paysan Breton Cheese Board Cheeses?

Like other cheese board cheeses, Paysan Breton Cheeses can be eaten as they are straight from the packet, with or without bread, butter and green salad. 

They can also be used in a variety of ways in your cooking. For example, Paysan Breton Emmental can be used to make gratin toppings, either over potatoes or in soups. 

Paysan Breton offers hundreds of recipe ideas in the "Our recipes" section on our website.  Visit this section of the website should you need any culinary inspiration!

 

Our farms, our farmers

• The environment •

The environment

Through Paysan Breton's production chain, protecting the natural world and preserving the land are our priority objectives and the cornerstone of our cooperative culture. Protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do. Our environmental commitments are constantly reviewed in the interests of continuous improvement. On the farm, during milk collection, at production facilities and during delivery to stores, respect for the environment is a key priority each step of the way. 

Find out more on the "Getting it right" page.

 

• Animal welfare •

What are cows fed on ?

The health and welfare of their cattle is the primary concern of the 7,000 dairy farmers in the Paysan Breton cooperative. 

To feed their cows, open-air grazing (so feeding on grass) is prioritised during the months of the year when the weather allows it, thanks to the excellent conditions provided by the mild, wet climate found in western France and Brittany in particular, which produces excellent quality grass. Also, in Brittany, 40% of farmland is grass.

Fodder farmed on site (hay, straw, corn, etc.) supplements the cows' diet. This ensures cows enjoy a healthy, balanced diet. The cows' diet is measured and assessed to ensure their welfare. A cow that eats well will produce better milk, so it's in the best interests of farmers to provide a healthy diet for their cattle. Tests performed at collection are precious indicators that let us know if any adjustments are required.

 

Where do your cows live ?

Our cows graze on average 6-7 months a year so between April and October they mainly live outside in fields and are only brought in to be milked. But cows are like us, when the weather gets bad they prefer the comfort of their dry barns. When they are brought in, mainly in the winter but also in the summer to protect them from the heat, everything is done to make them comfortable. The barns are spacious, light and airy. The cows are free to roam and have their own individual space with straw regularly changed to ensure their comfort.

How do farmers ensure the welfare of their animals ?

The comfort of their livestock is of paramount importance to our dairy farmers. Paysan Breton's milk producers are committed to safeguarding the health and welfare of their animals that will live an average of six years on their farms, sometimes longer. They know their cows well, care for them and know what is best for them. Because what's good for the cows is also good for the milk. 

Open-air grazing is prioritised at Paysan Breton farms. Cows live outside for 6-7 months on average, made possible thanks to the mild, wet ocean climate in western France, and in Brittany especially, that provides excellent conditions for grazing. Fodder farmed on site (hay, straw, corn, etc.) supplements the cows' diet. The aim is provide cows with a healthy, balanced diet throughout the year, which promotes their welfare and produces high-quality milk.

In terms of hygiene, milking stalls, equipment and cowsheds are cleaned daily. To produce high-quality milk, hygiene takes priority for Paysan Breton's dairy farmers on a daily basis.

To learn more about animal welfare, please visit the "Getting it right" page in the "Our cooperative identity" section on our website.

 

• Who are they ? •

Who are Paysan Breton's farmers?

Paysan Breton dairy farmers are men and women who are passionate about their profession. They are integral to the cooperative and share the same values of solidarity, ethics and responsibility. They are committed to adhering to best practices at the farm and care about their animals' welfare. They safeguard the quality of the milk produced. As members of a cooperative, Paysan Breton farmers take part in important decisions affecting the association and are committed to ensuring the milk industry is economically sustainable in their regions (Brittany and Pays de la Loire). 

Where are Paysan Breton's farms located?

The farms owned by our 7,000 dairy farmer members are located in the regions of Brittany and PayS de la Loire in western France. The milk used to manufacture Paysan Breton products is collected from these farms. In many cases, these farms are family-run and have passed down from generation to generation. 

A cooperative brand

• Our Cooperative •

How is milk collected?

All our milk is collected within a 70 km radius of our production facilities. There are as many collection centres as production facilities, so 7. Our milk collection drivers work seven days a week, taking deliveries from the farms they are well acquainted with, located close to each of our production facilities. Each step of the collection process follows a strict procedure: straining and removal, pumping, transportation,  tank weighing, analysis, tank emptying and cleaning.

Collections are made at each farm every 2-3 days and several tests and analyses are performed on the milk on each occasion. When it arrives at the production facility, the milk is further examined before it goes into our products. If a problem is detected with one tank of milk, the tank is removed from the chain. Our traceability process means we have a direct link to the farm in question and can conduct more in-depth testing. 

Our modern equipment and thorough testing and analysis measures ensure that milk is collected in the safest conditions. 

 

What is the role of the cooperative?

As a cooperative, Laïta is committed to buying and sourcing all of the milk produced by its 7,000 dairy farmer members. It has created a market for milk produced in Brittany and Pays de Loire and helped sustain economic activity in these regions.  The Paysan Breton cooperative brand promotes the work of dairy farmers who, by adhering to best practices at the farm, produce high-quality milk that is the key ingredient in our simple, delicious products. 

Furthermore, the cooperative provides regular support to milk producer members in areas that promote healthy growth for their farms, from financial management and help with technology and regulations to environmental protection and health and safety.  

 

• The cooperative system •

What is the role of the cooperative?

As a cooperative, Laïta is committed to buying and sourcing all of the milk produced by its 7,000 dairy farmer members. It has created a market for milk produced in Brittany and Pays de Loire and helped sustain economic activity in these regions.  The Paysan Breton cooperative brand promotes the work of dairy farmers who, by adhering to best practices at the farm, produce high-quality milk that is the key ingredient in our simple, delicious products.

 

Furthermore, the cooperative provides regular support to milk producer members in areas that promote healthy growth for their farms, from financial management and help with technology and regulations to environmental protection and health and safety.  

What is a cooperative?

Cooperatives are associations created, owned and managed by and for farmers. Each cooperative member has the right to take part in important decisions. A simple principle applies in this case: one member = one vote.  In the cooperative system, we don't talk about shareholders but members, all united around the same objectives: to sustain the business and promote the growth of our dairy farms. The cooperative is first and foremost a company of men and women who share the same values of solidarity, responsibility and equity.

The Paysan Breton brand belongs to the cooperative business Laïta, itself owned by three cooperatives in the West of France: Even, Terrena and Triskalia; Paysan Breton is therefore a cooperative brand. Laïta is committed to buying and sourcing all of the milk produced by its 7,000 dairy farmer members. 

The Paysan Breton brand transforms this milk into delicious traditional products at the seven Laïta production facilities located in Brittany and Loire Atlantique. It promotes and markets these products so they are readily available to consumers in France and overseas.