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Black Diamond Cheese Limited is an established Canadian cheese company that’s been satisfying cheese cravings since 1933. Founded by Robert F. Hart, it began as Belleville Cheddar Cheese Limited with the purpose of exporting aged Canadian cheddar to a cheese-loving British market. Though still located in Belleville, Ontario, the name changed to Black Diamond. The significance of the name stems from the cheese making process. Historically, cheese was dipped in hot wax to prevent mould growth on the rind and reduce shrinkage during aging. Upon contact with the rind, the wax would immediately turn black. A diamond among cheese for flavour and black on the outside – the name Black Diamond was born.

Black Diamond was the first brand name for Canadian cheddar. In the ‘40s, the classic toasted cheese sandwich was popularized during WWII. It was often enjoyed alongside a bowl of piping hot tomato soup. During the ‘60s cheese saw a surgence of French cuisine, with which came French Onion Soup. Traditionally made with a base of carmelized onions and beef broth, the topping consists of French sticks and melted cheese. The ‘80s saw another cheesy dish melt into the spotlight with the quiche. The quiche craze saw Black Diamond Monterey Jack combined with eggs, cream, fried onions, broccoli, and tomato poured into a pie shell and baked. Entering the ‘90s everyone was mad about macaroni and cheese, and the emergence of Black Diamond Shredded Cheeses made this dish even easier. What will be the next cheese dish of this decade? While we’re not sure, we are sure Black Diamond will make it taste better.

Company Timeline

2016 Black Diamond launches a NEW line up of Natural Cheese Sticks and Natural Cheese Slices
2013 NEW Black Diamond Cheese Spread is released
2008 75th anniversary was celebrated
2000s Black Diamond introduces shredded cheese
1998 Parmalat bought Black Diamond
1997 Natural Shredded Cheese was introduced
1983 50th anniversary was celebrated
1961 Clover Valley Food Co. was acquired and absorbed
1959 W.S. Cook & Son Limited was acquired and absorbed
1957 Black Diamond was the first to introduce 200g “sticks”
1952 Old Cave Cheese Company was acquired and absorbed
1933 Belleville Cheddar Cheese Limited was established