Spain – the El Dorado of cheese!
Do you know the Torta del Casar, the Manchego, the Queso Tetilla, The Mahon or the Cabrales... Picon and Idiazabal?
Spain is Europe's eighth cheese producer with more than 150 different varieties – including 32 PDOs or PGIs – the majority of which are made using traditional methods. With the resurgence of artisan cheese making in the 1980s and the industry redevelopment the sector is developing constantly: it now accounts for 40% of Spain's total food exports.
“By choosing Spain as Guest country of Honour at the 2020 edition, we can shine a light on the country’s momentum and the diversity of its production”, says Exhibition Manager Céline Glineur. “What's more, we've welcome more Spanish producers and buyers over the last few editions. This growing interest reinforces our decision”.
A few figures
- First food product which was certified PDO after Spain's accession to the European Union in 1986
- Domestic consumption : 8 kg per year per inhabitant
- 2.600 cheese producers