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Brexit to cause cheese crisis, according to report

The UK might be facing a cheese crisis and Brexit is the culprit, as the Independent reports.

According to a report by the British Retail Consortium warns that food shortages are to be expected. Furthermore, the prices will rise significantly. French comté, Spanish manchego and Italian burrata prices are already increasing.

As Brexit slowly turns into a reality, fears that Ireland (where 82% of the cheddar cheese eaten in the UK comes from) might move away from cheddar and focusw on producing cheeses that will have a larger appeal to the European market.

Brexit might bring additional export costs for the cheese industry. “We are already at the top of the price bracket for artisanal cheeses in European countries,” cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy, Bronwen Percival, said. “It’s likely that significant tariffs on cheese exports are going to hurt our sales in ways that we will not make up domestically.”

Producers are already panicking. Dominic Coyte, who runs Borough Cheese Company, said he has always imported European cheeses like comté and gouda. However, he is now planning to sell British cheese for the first time in years. “Brexit for us is a disaster,” he says. “Everyone talks about the weaker pound being good for export — well, that might be the case for some, but it’s the total opposite for me.”

Daisy Wilder

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