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Norway dairy fears foreign competition. Farmer’s cooperative TINE announces foreign cheese imports should become more expensive, reports say. In a protectionist measure designed to aid the Norwegian market, the company wants duties increased on cheeses that compete with Jarlsberg and Norvegia. Imports of cheese were up 14% last year, the equivalent of around 11,000 tonnes. This increase will push costs up, with the current price of importing cheese at 27 kroner per kilogram.

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Norway dairy fears foreign competition

Published on Tuesday, 21st February, 2012 at 09:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Farmer’s cooperative TINE announces foreign cheese imports should become more expensive, reports say.

Brie
Brie
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In a protectionist measure designed to aid the Norwegian market, the company wants duties increased on cheeses that compete with Jarlsberg and Norvegia.

Imports of cheese were up 14% last year, the equivalent of around 11,000 tonnes. This increase will push costs up, with the current price of importing cheese at 27 kroner per kilogram.

TINE’s Stein Øiom told Aftenposten, “We see a steady stream of more powerful and aggressive multi-national competitors trying to get into the Norwegian market, and we have to relate to that.”

The company originally stated levies on all foreign cheeses should be higher, but recanted following consumer reactions.

In an abrupt about-face some four hours following Mr Øiom’s unpalatable suggestion,
TINE announced it wished to keep current tariff levels on Brie, Camembert, and Roquefort.

“We have no intention of making these cheeses more expensive for the Norwegian consumer [...] We want to raise duties on solid white cheeses,” said communications director Elisabeth Morten.

TINE has accepted criticism for the recent Norwegian butter shortage.



Published on Tuesday, 21st February, 2012 at 09:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: norwayforeigncheeseimports, tinedairynorway.


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