Canada goes crazy over Cheddar (cheese) with import floodgates set to open
Cheddar Cheese can thank Canadians, as an MEP hails the news of multi-billion pound trade deal between the European Union and Canada as great news for the local economy.
Liberal Democrat MEP, Sir Graham Watson, is welcoming the news that, as part of the package, Canadian quotas on the imports of European dairy products will double.
Protected geographic food and drinks products, such as local cheeses and ciders, will also be recognised.
Watson believes the move will ‘open new doors’ for Westcountry businesses to export their produce across the pond.
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He said: “This deal is fantastic news for food and drink producers across the South West.
With this deal, cheese makers, cider makers and real ale brewers can look forward to new opportunities to export some of the world’s finest locally sourced produce to new markets.”
Watson was part of the campaign to protect the Cornish pasty and Somerset cider brandy, who could now benefit from the extended trade quotas.
“The news is also another example of the benefits our region has as a member of the European Union.
"With the bargaining power of 28 countries and over 500 million people, trade deals can negotiated on our terms, leading to more exports, more jobs and greater economic growth," he added.
In the summer, a number of local breweries from the South West visited North America to show off local beers and ales, in anticipation of the EU-Canada as well as the EU-US free trade deal, which is still in negotiation.
Products that have been given protected geographic indicator status (PGI) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) include-
- West Country farmhouse Cheddar
- Somerset Cider Brandy
- Cornish clotted cream
- Cornish pasty
- Dorset blue
- Exmoor blue
- Single Gloucester
- Cornish sardines
- Traditionally farmed Gloucestershire old spots pork
- Gloucestershire cider/perry