French dairy products, a showcase for French gastronomy29-03-2017
The French dairy sector comprises a unique range of products that is the world’s largest of its kind.
Milk-based products have seen real success in international markets, not only on account of more than 1,200 French cheese varieties, but also due to a range of other, quite specific dairy products that enrich the French dairy landscape.
Butter is an obvious export, with three examples in particular standing out for their quality and much-coveted AOC status, and which can be found gracing the finest dining tables: Beurre d’Isigny, Beurre de Bresse and Beurre de Charente. Cream too has a starring role at the heart of gastronomic fare, notably in the patisserie segment. France is also champion of powdered milk manufacturing and milk-based desserts, where unsurprisingly the biggest yoghurt brands all happen to be French. Milk can be consumed au naturel, or once processed constitutes a never-ending source of delicious end-products, for every occasion and every use. Having seamlessly adapted to modern existence without losing their uniqueness, French dairy products have retained their individual character associated as much with the terroir as the animal feed and methods used during production.
At the International Agricultural Fair in Paris, we interviewed Christopher Spotti, who represents international communications at the CNIEL (French National Dairy Council), who provided an insight into the different export markets and their expectations when it comes to French dairy products. This was also a great opportunity to look back at how these products have successfully embraced international markets.