Bel Brands USA Named One of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2011

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Maker of The Laughing Cow®, Mini Babybel ®, Boursin ®, Merkts ®, and Kaukauna® cheese is recognized for rewarding and dynamic culture for the third consecutive year as one of Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in 2011.

At Bel Brands we strive to attract top talent and create a satisfying and dynamic work environment where employees can achieve their highest potential. Every employee has a vital role in our success,” says Lance Chambers, President and CEO.

Bel Brands USA has been named one of “Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR) for the third year in a row. Bel Brands manufactures and markets The Laughing Cow cheese wedges and Mini Babybel – America’s #1 branded snacking cheese, as well as Boursin, Merkts, Kaukauna and other natural and gourmet cheese spreads.

The company has more than 80 employees reporting to its U.S. Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, and employs a total of 700 people throughout the country. Bel Brands USA is part of Bel Americas and a subsidiary of Paris-based Fromageries Bel.

“At Bel Brands we strive to attract top talent and create a satisfying and dynamic work environment where employees can achieve their highest potential. Every employee has a vital role in our success,” says Lance Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our tremendous growth over the past three years is a direct result of the shared commitment and motivation of our outstanding employees to deliver the very best of Bel every day,” adds Chambers.

The selection of the 2011 “Best and Brightest” is a result of an independent research firm that evaluates each company’s entry in the following categories: communication, community initiatives, compensation and benefits, diversity and multiculturalism, employee education and development, employee engagement and commitment, recognition and retention, small business, recruitment and selection, and work-life balance.

“This year’s winners epitomize what it means to be committed to employees. Our winners excelled at employee relations, used innovation to motivate employees, implemented creative compensation programs and more. They serve as a standard for other companies to work toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “We are proud to honor this year’s 101 winners.”

Recognized companies will be honored at a symposium and awards luncheon on August 1, 2011, at the Chicago Oak Brook Marriott. To learn more, visit http://www.101bestandbrightest.com/winners.

About Bel Brands
Bel Brands USA, Inc. manufactures and markets branded cheeses, including The Laughing Cow® cheese wedges and Mini Babybel® – America’s #1 branded snacking cheese; as well as Boursin®, Kaukauna®, Port Salut®, Leerdammer®, WisPride®, Merkts®, Owls Nest®, Connoisseur®, and Price*s® natural and gourmet cheese spreads. The mission of Bel Brands USA is “To delight people with a great tasting, unique cheese experience that fits their lifestyle.” Bel Brands USA was named Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” from 2009 - 2011. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and operates two manufacturing plants in Little Chute, Wis. and Leitchfield, Ky. Bel Brands USA is a subsidiary of Paris-based Fromageries Bel, a world leader in branded cheeses. Visit http://www.bel-group.com or http://www.thelaughingcow.com.

About the National Association of Business Resources
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) advocates and represents small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. NABR specializes in providing businesses the benefits, programs, services, and assistance required to operate as efficiently and successfully as possible. Best practice solutions are available to members in the areas of human resources, healthcare, legal, transaction, and compliance, marketing, and office services. For more information about NABR and its offerings, please visit http://www.nationalbiz.org or call 1-866-321-1822.

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