Cheese exports grow significantly
Date 05.29.2019 | Category: News
The export of Dutch cheese to Japan has increased considerably in recent years. FrieslandCampina's Japanese cheese sales quadrupled in the past year. Dairy companies expect growth to continue in the coming years. According to Rabobank dairy analyst Richard Scheper, Japan is now the most important export destination for Dutch cheese outside the European Union. The trade agreement between the European Union and Japan will further increase exports, he expects.
Since the beginning of this year, Japanese import duties on various products have been reduced. For some hardened cheeses the import duty was 29.8%. The abolition of these tariffs gives European cheese makers a much better position. In the first quarter of 2019, the export of cheese from European member states to Japan increased by 27% to 27,389 tonnes.
Not all Dutch cheesemakers are experiencing increasing demand from Japan. Cono Kaasmakers, for example, only exports a niche product to Japan. The Beemster XO, for example, has matured for 26 months and is available in Japanese delicatessen shops for 70 to 80 euros per kilo. Cono Kaasmakers supplies it for a small, stable market.
Source: RTLAuthor: Sossna