Switzerland to become a net importer of cheese this year for the first time #Switzerland #net #importer #cheese #year #time

The head of the Switzerland’s dairy association says the country will import more cheese than it exports this year for the first time

Switzerland Cheese Imports

FILE – Cheese from Switzerland is presented at the fair eat’n Style in Cologne, Germany, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. The head of the Switzerland’s dairy association SMP says the country will import more cheese than it exports this year for the first time. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz, File)

The Associated Press

BERLIN — Switzerland will import more cheese than it exports this year for the first time, according to the head of the country’s dairy association.

The opening up of the Swiss milk market has put a squeeze on domestic producers in recent years, prompting some to give up, Boris Beuret told Geneva-based newspaper Le Temps in an interview published Saturday.

Beuret said measures need to be taken to ensure Switzerland — famous worldwide for high-quality cheese varieties such as Gruyère and Emmentaler — can continue to produce for its own population.

“If not, then we will end up importing (cheese), which would be absurd economically, socially and ecologically,” he was quoted as saying.

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