It was patented and industrially produced for the world market by large German company Champignon in the 1970s. The cheese was invented c. 1900 and is still produced by Champignon. In English-speaking countries, Cambozola is often marketed as blue brie.
The cheese's name appears to be a portmanteau of Camembert and Gorgonzola, given that its flavour profile combines the moist, rich creaminess of Camembert with the sharpness of blue Gorgonzola. It also refers to the Roman name Cambodunum of the city Kempten, where Champignon is located.