What is Feta Cheese – History of Dodoni Greek Feta
Feta cheese is first recorded in the Byzantine Empire under the name πρόσφατος (prósphatos, “recent”, i.e. fresh), and was associated specifically with Crete. An Italian visitor to Candia in 1494 describes its storage in brine clearly.
The Greek word “feta” comes from the Italian word fetta (“slice”). It was introduced into the Greek language in the 17th century.
Traditionally, feta has been made by peasants in the lower Balkan peninsula from sheep’s and goat’s milk.
After a long legal battle with Denmark, which produced a cheese under the same name using artificially blanched cow’s milk, the term “feta” has been a protected designation of origin (PDO) since July 2002, which limits the term within the
European Union to feta made exclusively of sheep’s/goat’s milk in Greece.According to the Commission, the biodiversity of the land coupled with the special breeds of sheep and goats used for milk is what gives feta cheese a specific aroma and flavour.
Feta is salted and cured in a brine solution (based on water or whey) for several months. When removed from the brine, it dries out rapidly. Curdled milk with rennet is separated and left to drain in a special mold or a cloth bag. Afterwards, it is cut to large slices that are salted and then packed in barrels filled with brine.
Dodoni Greek Feta Cheese in Australia
In 1965, the Kotis family started out by supplying European migrants and expatriates with the Mediterranean foods they had grown to love in their homelands. In the early 1980’s as demand for these products grew, Elco Food Co. was established to satisfy this market as well as mainstream Australians who were now beginning to enjoy these European delicacies.
Over time, Elco grew in line with the ethnic population and the changing tastes of Australians. Having commenced operations with just two employees in a warehouse of 1000 square meters, Elco is now a successful and respected organization operating from a warehouse in Clayton of 10,000 m2.
Elco’s vision is to provide Australia with an unforgettable Mediterranean lifestyle experience. We will achieve this by bringing to market exclusive, high quality local and imported food products.
Our focus is on developing and nurturing long-term, win-win relationships with our customers and suppliers. We will achieve success through team work, innovation and an unwavering adherence to our values:
Elco is now a dynamic importer, distributor and wholesaler of fine Mediterranean foods. Elco products can be found right across Australia. From major grocery outlets, right through to independent supermarkets, delicatessens, restaurants and other specialty food stores. Elco’s operations are based in Victoria and with an extensive network of distribution partners, our products can now be found all over Australia and even New Zealand.
Dodoni Feta Cheese in Greece
DODONI was founded in 1963 as a small unit of pasteurization of fresh milk, which initially served exclusively the needs of the residents of Ioannina, collecting cow milk from small regional units .
Today, 40 years later, through a course of continuous development, that was based not only on the standardization of the highest models of quality in cheese-dairies through continuous technological pioneering, but also on the successful application of enjoyable ,traditional and tasty recipes, respect for natural environment, as well as on the orientation to the needs and the priorities of the consumers, DODONI has been established as the leading company, in Greece, in the capacity of producing and selling dairy products.
The milestones in this course over the last years were the investment on installation and operation of one of the largest state-of-the-art linesof production of Feta in the world and the manufacture of suitable moulds of production, so that the company’s trade mark would be stamped on the cheese.
DODONI is the leading manufacturer of authentic FETA (P.D.O.), which is produced exclusively from fresh pasteurized ewe’s and goat’s milk, with a production capacity of about 15.000 tons annually in a tailor made, completely automated production line. Exported to 30 countries, DODONI Feta is the most branded Greek cheese, synonymous to superior and standard quality and authenticity all over the world.
The company applies the process control system HACCP and is certified according to the ISO, BRC and IFS standards of quality assurance for all the stages of production. With the corporate logo on each 2kg block of Feta, the company succeeded to eliminate the imitations of DODONI Feta, guaranteed authenticity and inspired confidence to consumers and traders.
DODONI can pride to have received the “High Quality Award” from the E.U. for the excellent quality of its cheese products, the “Most Branded Product” prize from the Greek Chamber of Commerce and many other distinctions by domestic and international organizations. Based on a precious capital of experience and knowledge combined with modern technology and know-how, DODONI is planning a rational, long-term growth, trying to maintain its philosophy, which is: respect to the tradition and the consumer and consistent excellent quality.