For Fourth Consecutive Year, Bel Brands USA Named One of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™

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Chicago-based Bel Brands USA has been named "Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in 2012. This is the fourth consecutive year the maker of The Laughing Cow and Mini Babybel - America's #1 branded snacking cheese has received this award.

Bel Brands USA has more than doubled in size over the past four years.

"Our success depends on attracting and retaining top talent by creating a satisfying and rewarding work environment where employees can achieve their highest potential,” said Lance Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Bel Brands USA has again been named one of “Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR). Bel Brands USA 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.

Bel Brands USA was named Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” from 2009 – 2012 and also named as one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” in the country in 2011.

“Bel Brands USA has more than doubled in size over the past four years. Our success depends on attracting and retaining top talent by creating a satisfying and rewarding work environment where employees can achieve their highest potential,” said Lance Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud to once again be recognized as a great place to work and one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” adds Chambers.

Some of the areas in which Bel Brands USA ranked highest included Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Achievement and Recognition; and Work-Life Balance. Chicago-based Bel Brands USA has approximately 700 employees in the U.S and is a subsidiary of Paris-based Fromageries Bel, a world leader in branded cheese.

The company currently has two U.S. manufacturing plants located in Little Chute, Wis. and Leitchfield, Ky. In June 2012, Bel Brands USA broke ground on the construction of its third U.S. manufacturing facility in Brookings, SD. Bel will invest $100 million in the new production facility, which is expected to be operational by mid-2014 and will employ an estimated 275 people in phase one.

“The selection, recognition and awarding of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ allow businesses to showcase their best practices and demonstrate why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and are an example for other companies to emulate,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry in several categories, including: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment; Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.

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. Visit http://www.bel-group.com or http://www.thelaughingcow.com.

About Bel
The Bel Group is a world leader in branded cheeses. Its portfolio of differentiated and internationally recognized brands, including such products as The Laughing Cow, Kiri, Mini Babybel, Leerdammer, and Boursin, as well as some 20 local brands, enabled the Group to generate sales of €2.5 billion in 2011. Nearly 11,400 employees in some 30 subsidiaries around the world contribute to the Group's success. Its products are prepared at 27 production sites and distributed in over 120 countries.

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.

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