TheCanary Islands cheese shopsexport 46% more product than in 2015 and a value 25% higher, according to data released by the Government of the autonomous community during the presentation of the second edition of theEuropean Cheese Fair, which will be held in Gran Canaria.
After having premiered inMoya in 2018, this international contest dedicated to cheese will repeat its headquarters in Gran Canaria, specifically in the municipality ofArtenara, which will meet on March 16 and 17 at35 cheese factories in Portugal, France, Italy and Spain.
The presentation ceremony was attended by the president of theCanary Government,Fernando Clavijo, who has been accompanied by his Agriculture and Livestock advisor, Narvay Quintero; the councilor of the sector in the Cabildo, Miguel Hidalgo; the president of theCommonwealth of the North of Gran Canariaand mayor of Moya, Hipólito Suárez; and the Artenara regidor, Juan Jesús Díaz.
ClavijoHe stressed that this event "not only highlights the value of one of the most deeply rooted agri-food products to the gastronomic tradition of the islands, but one of the exponents of quality of our products abroad".
The president has defended that theinternational projection of Canarian cheeseit is "undeniable" and, likewise, has qualified it as "a reference" outside the borders of the archipelago.
"It is endorsed not only by its quality, but by the figures, since 2015 has seen an increase of 25% in the commercial value of exported cheese and 46% in the weight of exports," he stressed.
For Clavijo, these figures reflect the "good work" of the sector, which does not tire of collecting prizes in international competitions in which it participates and, "without going any further", has highlighted that in the latest edition of theWorld Cheese Adwards (WCA)"Canarian cheeses collected 40 awards".
Fernando ClavijoHe recalled that for the Government, cheese is a "fundamental pillar" of the agri-food industry in the islands "that is becoming increasingly consolidated", so that production does not reach the demand that comes from the Iberian Peninsula.
To itsjudgment, measures such as the consumption of Canarian cheese at school -23,000 schoolchildren benefit each year from this initiative in the dining rooms- or the participation of the "smallest" in the children's tastings "help to make the local product visible over the outside , and that is important because the smallest are the consumers of the future ".
On the other hand,Narvay QuinteroHe said that this initiative serves as a spreading of the Canarian product, in which cheese "is the star", since "it unites and, moreover, differentiates" the islands.
"Internationally Canarian cheese is a world reference and the Canary Islands is the community that received the most awards in the WCA," he insisted.
Likewise,Miguel Hidalgohas highlighted the "effort" of the sector, which generates "employment, landscape and rural world", which enriches the economic activity of the island and, above all, the presence of women ".
Juan Jesús Díaz thanked the Government and the Cabildo for their collaboration so that this fair could take place at the Gran Canarian summit, "in the smallest town on the island, but which will be at the height of the Commonwealth of the North", and invited to the citizens to accompany them to "enjoy the landscape and the best cheese".
The president of the Commonwealth, Hipólito Suárez, has highlighted the importance of ten mayors – nine men and one woman – of different political sign coming together to promote the products of their municipalities ("more than 100,000 inhabitants united by the cheese").
Suarez has described the first edition of "absolute success" and in Artenara they will meet again cheese makers from four countries, which will be welcomed by the neighbors of the summit "with open arms."
Hipólito Suárez has emphasized that most of the cheese factories in the Canary Islands are small and are managed mainly by autonomous women, that a good part already export to the peninsula and that, due to the increase in sales, their personnel are increasing.