The French Are Shying Away From Cheese

The French dairy industry is struggling and theres a risk of almost thousands of tonnes of cheese being thrown away
An array of cheese at a market in France
An array of cheese at a market in France

The unthinkable has happened. The French are avoiding cheese.

Citizens of France are being encouraged to eat more cheese as the French dairy industry has seen a 60% decrease in sales of fromage amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a press release&nbspby France Terre de Lait (the French dairy industry), this situation has arisen as restaurants and markets have shut down, and people are preferring to spend money on basic ingredients, than on cheese. Also, reports state that the French are being cautious about hygiene standards and buying less over-the-counter cheese. 

As a result, France's cheese producers find themselves in a dire situation with a risk of almost thousands of tonnes of cheese being thrown away. &ldquoWe&rsquore in a situation where consumers have lost the taste for eating cheese during this crisis,&rdquo rued Michel Lacoste, president of the National Council for Milk Product Appellations (CNAOL). Tonnes of unsold cheese has been given away by food charities, or been melted down, or just destroyed. Around 80% of the cheese produced cannot be stored for more than eight weeks.

In an attempt to tackle this unprecedented situation, a nation-wide campaign supported by celebrities, involving Michelin-starred chefs R&eacutegis Marcon and Marc Veyrat and the French Rugby Federation, has been launched in order to support cheese, probably France&rsquos numero uno culinary heritage.

#Fromagissons &ndash an amalgamation of fromage (cheese) and agissons (let&rsquos act) &ndash is being used on social media in order to create awareness. &ldquoThe dairy industry is calling on consumers to eat cheese in solidarity with our producers of saint-nectaire, reblochon, cantal, camembert,&rdquo the release said.

&ldquoThe situation is critical and requires a rapid increase in consumption,&rdquo president of the dairy collective Sodiaal (Soci&eacuteté de diffusion Internationale agro-alimentaire) Damien Lacombe said, as reported by French magazine Agri Culture.

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