Lactalis Culinary has introduced its newest brand, Black Diamond Cheddar. The foodservice manufacturer recently introduced the premium aged cheddar which, according to a news release, is known for its careful aging process that brings out the finest characteristics of taste, texture and appearance.

Established in 1881, Black Diamond Cheddar is made from high-quality milk that provides a sharp, flavorful cheese, the release said. Aged 1-3 years, the cheddar is available in a variety of formats including portion, sliced, spread, wedge, shred, loaf, print and block.

"Consumers' appetites are maturing and they want more than traditional processed cheeses. They want premium, interesting flavor and texture," said Diane Austin, director of Marketing at Lactalis Culinary. "Black Diamond Cheddar is the perfect ingredient for operators wanting to provide something elevated on top of burgers and sandwiches to transform traditional into premium."

Black Diamond Cheddar aged 1-3 years is available to foodservice operators now. Black Diamond Cheddar aged four years will be available in 2014, and aged five years will be available in 2015.

Lactalis Culinary will bring Black Diamond Cheddar samples to the customer in 8-ounce portions of sliced and wedged formats. Foodservice operators can sign up for the sample program at

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