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What’s the process for making Boursin Dairy-Free?

Boursin® Dairy-Free is made with the highest-quality ingredients using small-batch/ artisanal blending methods. We begin with a creamy dairy-free base that is made from organic coconut oil and then cold-blended with the unique garlic and herbs recipe that you find in traditional Boursin. This method maintains and preserves the original Garlic & Herb taste and intensity beloved around the world.  

Is Boursin Dairy-Free made in the same facility as traditional Boursin? 

We developed a partnership with plant-based leader, Follow Your Heart to leverage their plant-based expertise to deliver a true indulgent product. This was the right way for us to deliver a quality product fast. Given this partnership, we produce Boursin® Dairy-Free in the Follow Your Heart Plant, in Chatsworth, California.

How do you recommend people enjoy Boursin Dairy-Free?

Boursin Dairy-Free can be enjoyed in the same ways you already love eating Boursin—add it to your favorite recipes or pair with crackers, vegetables and more as part of a cheese plate. Just like Boursin Dairy, Boursin Dairy-Free works great as a spread on a sandwich or veggie burger, used as an ingredient in a recipe or simply added to a chilled appetizer.

Is Boursin Dairy-Free a healthier option?

Boursin® Dairy-Free Cheese Spread Alternative Garlic & Herbs has all the same smooth, creamy and familiar Garlic & Herbs taste you’d expect from Boursin, but without the dairy! Now offering this indulgent cheese in a dairy-free version to meet the needs and desires of even more consumers.

Where will Boursin Dairy-Free be available?

Boursin® Dairy-Free Cheese Spread Alternative Garlic & Herbs will be available at Amazon starting in October for the suggested retail price of $6.99.

What allergens are present in Dairy-Free Boursin and how can I be sure of this? 

Dairy-Free Boursin contains none of the most common allergens. While it does contain coconut oil, this oil is RBD (Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized), which means that it does not pose the same allergen effect as unrefined coconut or treenuts. Dairy-Free Boursin is made with ingredients that have all been strictly vetted by our quality department and is made in a completely vegan and gluten-free facility that implements stringent cross-contamination controls. 

What is Certified Plant Based and is that the same as vegan? 

Plant-based certification is a new verification by NSF that confirms ingredients are verified vegan and facilities have proper controls in place. Dairy-Free Boursin is made in an exclusively vegan facility that has strict controls in place for ingredient vetting and process controls. 

Is Coconut Oil vegan? I’ve heard that some suppliers use monkeys to harvest the oil. 

Recent articles have come out that describe the use of monkeys to harvest coconuts from trees in Thailand. We have researched our own coconut supplier and have confirmed that they do not participate in this practice and we have documentation outlining this. We take vegan and plant-based very seriously and can ensure that all of our ingredients are sourced with the highest ethical and environmental standards. 

What is Gournay Cheese?

When Francois Boursin first sold his creation, he was asked to classify it for customs purposes. He chose the name “Gournay” for his cheese, naming it for the small town in France where he grew up. Today, every package of Boursin is labeled “Gournay Cheese,” the statement of identity for Boursin.

Where can I find Boursin Cheese?

Please use our Store Locator to find grocers in your area that carry Boursin Cheese. If your search shows no results, our best advice is to speak with the Deli or Store Manager about adding the flavor of your choice to their next cheese order. Note that in addition to the stores listed in our Store Locator, you can find Boursin at Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club, and select Costco and Walmart stores.

Can I order directly from Bel Brands USA or online?

Unfortunately, we do not sell or ship Boursin Cheese directly to customers, but there are multiple online retailers who do sell it.

Is Boursin Cheese kosher, vegetarian, or gluten free?

All six tasty flavors of Boursin Cheese are Orthodox Union Kosher, vegetarian, and not know to contain gluten. However, due to possible cross contamination from our suppliers, we cannot claim to be gluten free.

Does Boursin Cheese contain artificial growth hormones?

Boursin Cheese is rBST free, containing no artificial growth hormones

*Disclaimer: No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.

Does Boursin Cheese contain artificial growth hormones?

Boursin Cheese is rBST free, containing no artificial growth hormones

*Disclaimer: No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.

Why is Boursin Cheese wrapped in foil?

Our signature foil packaging helps keep the cheese fresh. As an extra bonus, the foil also makes it easy to unwrap and rewrap the cheese, and creates an attractive presentation sitting on a cheeseboard.

How long is Boursin Cheese good for after I open it?

Boursin Cheese will stay good for approximately two weeks after opening, if kept refrigerated. Although, most people can’t resist eating all of it way before then.

How long past the "best before" date is Boursin Cheese okay to eat?

For best quality, we recommend only eating Boursin Cheese by the date that is printed on the package.

Does Boursin Cheese need to be refrigerated?

Yes, for safety and best quality, Boursin Cheese should be refrigerated at all times, when not being consumed. When serving guests, cheese is safe unrefrigerated for 2-4 hours, and remaining cheese can then be safely returned to the fridge.

What allergens enter your production facility?

All Boursin Cheeses contain milk, which is an allergen. The only other major allergen that enters the facility is fish, but it is not in any of our products.