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Dairylea is usually in the form of a thick, spreadable soft cheese-flavoured paste. Famous for the slogans "Kids will eat it until the cows come home" and "Kids will do anything for the taste of Dairylea" and a series of adverts on UK television showing children trading toys and other items of value, or doing dares such as running into the opposite gender’s toilets and holding a snail on the arm, for Dairylea Triangles.
For many years, Dairylea has been made at Mondelez Namur Production south of Rhisnes (suburb), La Bruyère, north of Namur, the centre of Wallonia (the south of Belgium). The plant also makes Philadelphia cream cheese, and is near the A15 motorway, accessed via the N4. The company also had a processed cheese factory in Anderlecht in Brussels.
Dairylea spread is packaged in a plastic tub. Dairylea triangles are packaged in a cardboard 'wheel' and opening it reveals the foil-wrapped soft cheese product portions. Dairylea is also available in these formats:
- Dairylea Slices; single slices of processed cheese (much like Kraft Singles)
- Dairylea Strip Cheese; string cheese
- Dairylea Dunkers; snacks consisting of cheese spread dip and breadsticks, tortilla chips, Ritz Crackers or jumbo tubes (much like The Laughing Cow Cheez Dippers)
- Dairylea Lunchables Stackers; lunchbox staple of crackers, processed cheese and ham or chicken slices. Briefly discontinued under the Dairylea brand, it has since returned.
- Dairylea Snackers; as with Lunchables but without meat, and containing mini Oreos or mini chocolate chip cookies
Discontinued formats of Dairylea include:
- Dairylea Rippers
- Dairylea Double Dunkers; as with Dairylea Dunkers but with two dips, either pizza sauce or salsa, and the dunkers were pizza-flavoured crackers and tortilla chips respectively
- Dairylea Dunkers Fromage Frais; strawberry flavoured fromage frais with biscuits
- Dairylea Tri-Bites; wax-sealed processed cheese triangles, similar to Babybel
- Dairylea Lunchables Pizza (reintroduced in 2016 as "Dairylea Lunchables Stackers Pepperoni Pizza" with a different recipe)
- Dairylea Lunchables Double Cheese stackers
- Dairylea Lunchables Hotdogs, Chicken Burgers, Pitta Pouches, Subs and Wraps
- Dairylea Lunchables Fun Packs; a complete lunch consisting of one variant of Lunchables, a Capri-Sun pouch (later replaced with orange juice) and a treat item of mini Daim bars, mini Milka bars or a mini roll (later replaced with a strawberry yogurt pouch)
Dairylea also comes in both its original form and a 'Dairylea Light' product marketed as 7% fat. Kraft imply that the product is credited with getting children more interested in cheese. It is also branded as Susanna in Italy.
In the early 21st century, Dairylea Lunchables were advertised as being "full of good stuff", though the product contained high amounts of salt and saturated fats. Despite a 2007 reformulation that reduced salt content by 9% and saturated fat content by 34%, the claim "full of good stuff" was banned by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. Kraft meanwhile stated that the salt content in Lunchables had been reduced by a third between 2005 and 2007. In late 2011, a number of health concerns were highlighted by consumers to Dairylea in relation to their packaging using Bisphenol A, a controversial hormone-mimicking plastic additive, which Breast Cancer UK are currently campaigning against. Concerns were initially raised when customers noticed the plastic marker number 7 in a triangle on the pots of Dairylea Jumbo Tubes.
- Our Yummy Range - Pepperoni Pizza. Dairylea.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2017
- "Dairylea advert 'misled' public". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
- Sweney, Mark (2007-08-29). "Dairylea gets health kick". MediaGuardian. London: Guardian Media Group.
- "Kraft foods salt reduction initiatives". Retrieved 2007-08-29.
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