Cheese exports go from strength to strength

Exports of Swiss cheese recorded a 9.7 per cent increase to 27,673 tonnes during the first six months of the year.

This content was published on July 28, 2008 minutes

Imports rose more than 15 per cent in the same period compared with a year ago, according to the Swiss cheese marketing organisation.

Cheeses such as Tilsiter, Raclette and Tête de Moine boosted sales abroad by 961 tonnes, while Gruyère was the market leader among the hard variety.

However, Switzerland's most popular export cheese, Emmental, lost nearly two per cent.

The organisation said the marked increase in imports of industrial cheese products was the result of the liberalised market with the European Union.

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