“We are all working full time at different companies, truly dedicated to our jobs, so we needed to start small in the beginning; it was more like a hobby. But the craving for goat cheese on the Serbian market was bigger than expected, and it quickly grew into a real business,” explains Srdjan.
After investing in goats, a huge acre of land and building a farm and a dairy they opened up for business in 2010. Top focus has since been quality, providing premium products to the market.
“We process our own milk or buy it from local farmers. Regulation standards are high but we fulfill them. There are not many premium cheeses on the Serbian market as we don’t have a cheese culture like in for example France. Here, people think cheese is supposed to be simple, but we prove them wrong with our delicious products,” Srdjan says with a smile.
The cheeses from KOZARI are rich in taste. Each piece is handmade with passion and has its own story. Avoiding mass production is something Srdjan and his friends will continue doing to keep the high standard.
“We produce some truly special cheeses, such as cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves that are soaked in white wine before they are wrapped around the cheese. The cheese itself is enriched with noble white molds and extra added goat milk cream.”
The owners are not that much involved in the daily operations at the dairy in Šid, located about 100 km outside of Belgrade, anymore as they have a stable production with 30 employees. Srdjan mainly focuses on new customers and sales.