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Expensive Swiss exports puts strain on cheese producers

24-Aug-2011
Last updated on 24-Aug-2011 at 17:29 GMT

At least five cheese plants in Switzerland have closed since the beginning of 2011 due to reduced export sales, according to the national dairy association Swiss Milk Producers (SMP).

The main reason for this is the strong Swiss franc, which is hiking up the price of many of the country’s products.

Although overall cheese exports for the first six months of this year decreased by only 2.3 per cent, but this figure masked a large drop in foreign sales of the countries main seller Emmental, which is down 17.2 per cent to -1568 tonnes.

The SMP said the situation could get worse if the fall of the euro and dollar continues.

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