Listen: Stilton Sticker Shock: European Cheese Tariffs Could Boost American Cheeses
"From wondering. I'm David Brown. And this is business. Wars daily on this Wednesday December fourth with all the talk about tariffs on this. And that and the other thing you may not have noticed. The recent tariffs on European cheeses in October Donald Trump levied at twenty five percent tariff on many popular cheeses. Jesus from the continent from English Cheddar to Parmigiano Reggiano those tariffs levied. Because of a fight between Boeing and Airbus don't worry L. expounded minute create a bunch of consequences. Almost none of them intended I. You may have guessed at the grocery store if you were the one task to bring the cheese plate. The thanksgiving dinner later but second with many European cheeses now even more expensive. It could be time for America's artisan cheeses to truly compete although that that too is more complicated than it seems. So what on earth does cheese have to do with aircraft. Nothing really a little like the kind of fights. We used to have other siblings. When when we were kids you know she took my new baseball so I- punish her by pulling the knobs off the TV? Well here's what happened. The US argues that the EU provided illegal subsidies to Airbus to the detriment of Boeing. The White House threatened tariffs in retaliation for the record the EU counters that the US has provided. Illegal subsidies to Boeing well at first in August America threaten to one hundred percent cheese tariff a move through cheese importers distributors and retailers into Tizzy. That didn't happen but in October the US did levy the twenty five percent tariffs on seven and a half billion dollars worth of European goods. Not just cheese. Jeez but also French wines Scottish whisky Irish butter and more riling trade groups that together could create billions of dollars worth of amazing cross cultural dinners dinners and so there. We are with British Cheddar at a premium with tariffs sticker shock. Does this make American artisan cheeses look like a better deal in comparison. Well maybe artisan cheeses in America are by definition made by small cheesemakers not big consumer packaged goods companies. They're they're expensive. Because of the lack of economies of scale with the European cheeses now at a premium the difference in price has in some cases narrowed and that may give give you a reason to take another look at American cheeses according to The Washington. Post not to be confused with American cheese if you know what I'm saying the post went on to give American artisanal cheeses eases their do for the first time ever a domestic cheese beat out European cheese to be named the world's best cheese on October twenty second at the world's most prestigious aegis cheese festival the rogue river blue cheese from the Rogue River Creamery in Oregon received the top honors. It be close to four thousand other cheeses from forty two who countries since then it's sold out even without the tariff that honor would of helped boost the image and the sales of American made cheeses but the consequences of the tariff aren't simple. It's not that European cheeses all now are too expensive and American cheeses or a good deal. Some American cheeses are now more expensive as well as distributors look to spread the extra cost across all of their products rather than hiking. Just say a particular British Cheddar the full twenty five percent I get it. Adding to that. Complexity is the fact that the tariff writers seem to have picked and chosen according to well."