Dutch Cheese Export Boom
The Netherlands are a leading exporter in....tulips? Wooden clogs? No, cheese! Frank Wickerath, a Dutchman living in the Czech Republic, and Lucie Struik, a Czech woman living in the Netherlands, recently went into export business together after being bombarded with requests for Dutch cheese from friends and neighbors.
The cheese is delicious: 12 different varieties, including a shocking red one colored with pesto and tomatoes, a goat's cheese and a variety with walnuts. Of course, there is also the famous Gouda, which shares with Champagne, among other regional products, the honor of being licensed by the European Union. Only the real thing now gets to call itself Gouda, after a ruling in January 2011.