The millennial tradition and heritage of cheese making in the Posočje region has been preserved to this day. Mlekarna Planika has been developed and still operates on basis of this tradition.
Mountain grazing is a specialty of the Alps; the mountains have always been a synonym for survival and culture in the Alps. The mountains of the Soča Valley still live and are considered a special feature of our environment, as it is a special form of shared management. Pasture in the high mountains has in the past been a necessity and foundation for farming and producing quality forage for the winter in the valley.
From the mountains, in a traditional way
Even today, Mlekarna Planika follows this tradition, respects heritage of our ancestors, and preserves old recipes when converting milk into dairy products. The mountains in the Soča Valley are considered a place of hard work, but also joy.
In order to show the heritage and the way of production, which we are imitating today, we set up and, together with the Tolmin Museum, opened a Cheese-making museum, operating under the auspices of Mlekarna Planika. The museum tells the story of cheese production in the Soča Valley throughout history.
By buying milk from local farmers, Mlekarna Planika contributes to the existence of livestock, cultivation of agricultural land, contributes to the income of families, and the employment of workers in these areas.
Today’s Mlekarna Planika is the fourth largest dairy in Slovenia, and the only one that is 100% owned by farmers.
We also have our own organic estate Bogata in Bovec with about 130 dairy cows.
The Soča Valley and the Idrijca Valley, and especially regions of Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec, represent themselves as producers of naturally processed food, also because of Mlekarna Planika, which raises the level of quality milk products in the entire Slovenian market.
The Soča Valley is a nature-friendly valley, which is why we installed a charging station for electric cars at Mlekarna Planika in 2016.
As our area borders the neighboring country, we, at Mlekarna Planika, encourage cooperation in agriculture and tourism throughout the Posočje region, Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.