Statistical Service of Cyprus has published data on the export of the most popular Cypriot product – Halloumi cheese.
In 2018, the export of halloumi increased by 25% compared with 2017. The year before last, the export volume of cheese amounted to 155.7 million euros. Last year, export earnings reached EUR 194.3 million.
29,271,308 kg of halloumi were exported from Cyprus, which is 5.8 million kilograms more than the year before last (in 2017 – 23,422,849).
Almost half of this volume went to the UK, which remains the world’s largest importer of halloumi. In 2018, exports to the United Kingdom amounted to 90.6 million euros, which is 23 million euros more than in 2017. As the British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Stephen Lilly, said last week, entering into an agreement on a free trade zone between the UK and Cyprus will help ensure that export figures remain the same for Cyprus.
The second country after Britain to take Halloumi is Sweden. In 2018, Swedish consumers bought cheese for 29.1 million euros (in 2017 – for 25.3 million euros). In third place is Australia, which imported halloumi for 12.2 million euros (in 2017 – for 10.7 million euros). Also among the top five amateur countries of Hallumie Germany (with exports brought 12 million euros) and Austria (8.3 million euros).
In addition, among the importers of halloumi, the Statistical Service names Saudi Arabia, Poland, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, France and Kuwait.
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