At this event recently held in Lima, important industry voices explored what it takes to produce and export top quality cheeses.
The US Dairy Export Council comes to Peru
The United States is a country known for being economically powerful, a leader in technological innovation, home to many cultures, Hollywood movies, hot dogs and burgers, and great Californian wines. Less known is that it ranks second in cheese production after the European Union. And when we recently attended an event organized by the US Dairy Export Council with the support of the US Ministry of Agriculture and the American Embassy in Peru, we soon discovered that it is not only cheddar we are talking about but a number of other cheese varieties as well.
A top chef shared his insights into American cheese production
Chef John Esser was the host of the event, which took place at the Hilton Hotel in Miraflores. Esser is an expert on cheese pairings, and he travels around the world to share his insights about American cheese production. On this occasion, he presented five stations with a variety of cheeses including Gouda, Muenster, Mild Cheddar, Baby Swiss, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Asiago, Mascarpone, String Cheese and Artigiano Vino Rossa.
I enjoyed some more than others and was taken aback by the Asiago, the American Grana, and the Artigiano Vino Rosso, all semi-hard cheeses. On each table, different wines from Washington State were presented for the pairings, which were brought in by Columbia Crest. The Eroica, a fabulous Riesling, clearly stood out and became the night’s favorite.
Will North American Cheeses soon make their way to Peru?
US Ambassador to Peru, Krishna R. Urs who also attended, offered a few words on the importance of cheese production, consumption and export activity in the US. Although California and Wisconsin are the main cheese producers, all fifty states produce and consume cheese. In fact, the USA produces almost one-fourth of the global cheese and exported over 350,000 tons in 2018, the Ambassador remarked. He expects Peruvians to increase their cheese consumption. While the wines –luckily- are already available in the Peruvian market, these cheeses still have to find their way. I for one, am looking forward to it.
For more information
River Global, Representante de USDEC en Sudamérica
+55 11 2528-5829
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Cover photo: US Dairy Export Council
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