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RIYAD: Imports of European cheese from the EU to Saudi Arabia increase 15% to 42,476 tonnes in 2020, from 36,888 tonnes in 2019, according to a research report.
According to the report from CNIEL, the French dairy products office, French products remain the most popular in the Kingdom.
France is the EU’s second-largest dairy producer with 23.8 billion liters produced on 53,800 dairy farms in 2019 and continues to hold the attention of cheese lovers in Saudi Arabia.
Marie-Laure Martin, international project manager at CNIEL, said: “Hotels and consumers in Saudi Arabia continue to choose French cheese for their cooking and baking.
French cheese is also gaining popularity within the Gulf Cooperation Council. Kuwait saw its imports increase by 9%, from 5,328 tonnes in 2019 to 5,788 tonnes in 2020. Despite restrictions in the tourism and hospitality market, the United Arab Emirates imported 15,710 tonnes in 2020 , further highlighting the demand for French cheese in the United Arab Emirates.
“Over the past few years, we have become very aware of the changing tastes of Middle Eastern residents and tourists as they gravitate towards high quality and flavorful French dairy products,” Martin added.