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Grana Padano goes to Japan from February 2017

Agreement between Latteria Sociale Mantova and Kaihan. Grana Padano will be available for a hundred restaurants in the Far East

Latteria Sociale Mantova, whose turnover comes for 70% from export, will provide Japanese food group Kaihan Co. with Grana Padano DOP “Special Selection – Santa Maria Formigada”, thanks to a recent commercial agreement. Kaihan Co., based in Nagoya and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, is a Japanese top player in the food service industry and restaurant management sector. It will deliver Grana Padano (the most consumed Italian DOP product in the world, with a production of more than 4.8 million cheese wheels per year) in Japan from February 2017.

ONE YEAR FOR THE AGREEMENT – Japanese cuisine will therefore take advantage of a culinary fusion with Grana Padano. A year’s worth of work has been made to conclude the agreement, with a careful study on the ways to enhance Grana Padano in the traditional Japanese cuisine. The fusion between Italian and Japanese cuisine has been enshrined in a special dinner in Italy. Two Japanese chefs have cooked two typical dishes: spaghetti with vegetables (yakisoba) and rice with meat. Both were seasoned with the Italian cheese, and the outcome has been considerably appreciated. This event has been given ample coverage on Nagoya Tv, which some time ago showed the great sales success of Aki Matsuri 2016, Nagoya’s Autumn Festival, where Latteria Sociale Mantova’s products had been sold out within two hours. Japanese importers have visited LSM plant in Porto Mantovano, where they have been able to verify the products’ certification and management control process, and they were fascinated by Grana Padano wheels’ storage.

A WHEEL FOR TRUMP – A wheel of Grana Padano as a bump key to undermine the embargo against Russia. An embargo so fiercely supported by USA. That’s how Stefano Berni, Managing Director of Grana Padano’s Consortium, explains the decision to send a wheel of Grana Padano cheese to the newly elected President of the United States of America Donald Trump. Our initiative – says Stefano Berni – is intended to be food for thought to eliminate barriers which are damaging Italian and European manufacturers exporting in Russia. In our case particularly we’re talking about 50,000 cheese wheels per year, with an economic value of €40 million.

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