The fair-trade milk sector is still relatively small, but at the Paris International Agricultural Fair its promoters have been touting a continuing growth and hopes of attracting and convincing more consumers to pay farmers a fair price. (Article in French)
The world’s top pork consumer, China has started getting a serious taste for Spain’s world-famous “jamon” which is sold there as a luxury product and is getting one over on its French and Italian competitors.
The sharp decline in global cocoa prices is worrying the French fair trade industry, who is concerned about the future for small producers and the risks of serious social tensions that could be produced in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer. (Article in French)
US authorities have lifted an embargo on French beef imports after 19 years, the French agriculture ministry said Friday. France is the fourth EU country to have its beef re-admitted to the US market after a 1998 ban.
Brie, Chablis, Feta, Parmiggiano… European producers are calling for the respect of their product names within the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). It is a heated point of debate in the negotiations which resumed Monday in New York. (Article in French)
McDonald’s indicated Tuesday that it will keep its active real estate holdings, of which are the walls of its restaurants, and increase the number of its franchised-owned restaurants in order to cut costs. (Article in French)
Farmers are also protesting in Japan. In their sights are the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations being held by the United States and the Japanese archipelago. With collateral damage finding butter production and sales as its first victim. (Article in French)
For the first time, the number of wheels of cheeses made outside Italy in the style of the celebrated Parmigiano Reggiano and the similar Grana Padano now exceeds production in their Italian home regions.
This morning, the Permanent Assembly of the Offices of Agriculture (APCA) held its back to session press conference and broached several points in the news today. (Article in French)
Russia has banned the import of Ukrainian dairy products, Russian news agencies reported Friday, amid a growing fallout in trade relations as Kiev ties itself closer to the EU. “We held a meeting on milk and milk products and decided from July 28 to limit…