In the United States, purchases of Italian cheeses trended up 14.2% in 2021, putting Italy in first place among supplier countries with a market share of 22% and exceeding the import volume of 15,500 tons. From France, the second largest supplier, the USA imported slightly more than half of the Ital. quantity.
The growth of Made in Italy cheese was also particularly significant in Japan, with Italy increasing by 11.2% compared to the first five months of 2021, reaching 4,664 tonnes. This development took place amid a decrease in cheese imports from Japan (-2.9%), slowed by logistical difficulties and an increase in prices (+5.4%).
The CETA agreement with the European Union has definitely paid off from the point of view of Italian cheese producers. The CETA agreement with the European Union has definitely paid off. Imports of Italian cheese increased by 11.6% between January and May this year compared to the same period in 2021. Italy sold 2,934 tons of cheese under the CETA agreement and, with a market share of 17%, is the second largest supplier in Canada after the United States (26% market share) and ahead of France (14%), which reduced its sales by 11.4% between January and May 2022.