Greek Feta Cheese - Perspectives & Business Opportunities
heese making comprises the most significant sub-sector of the Greek dairy industry as it participates with high shares of primary magnitude.In recent years significant restructuring and modernizing trends have been noted, it remains however the most traditional sector of the Greek dairy industry.
The Greek cheese types fulfil the provisions of the European Union's Directive 2081/92/EEC "for the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin of agricultural products and food".For the production of the Greek cheese products is used milk by sheep and goat races bred in the traditional way.In addition, the milk collection, its transport to processing facilities and its processing itself take place according to the European Union's legislation, as well as by hygiene and security regulations.
y employing the HACCP system and complying with the ISO production standards, most of the Greek cheese companies can ensure high quality products.
he main importer of Greek cheese is Germany. This country absorbs almost 50% of the cheese exported by Greece, while USA comes second with an almost 10% share.The countries that follow are: Italy (about 9%), UK (about 5.5%) and Australia (about 5%). Other European countries absorb the remainder 20%.Year by year, the exports of Greek cheese mark a gradual rise.The rising export trends are expected to continue in the years to come. The possibilities for the Greek cheese penetration to new markets are huge. Undoubtedly, the exceptional quality of Greek cheese is an assurance for achieving the best results.