A seminar with subject “The Cretan diet and the Mediterranean types of cheese” was organized in Hiroshima, Japan by the Japanese company “FERMIER” which imports and trades high quality types of cheese in collaboration with the “NOSTIMIA CO. LTD” an import company of traditional Greek products in Japan.
One hundred and twenty (120) professionals from the food industry and journalists attended the seminar which was held on the 15th of July, as it was the result of the visit that was made last month, after the Exporters’ Association of Crete and “KRIARAS SA Company – CRETALAT” accepted the invitation of Mr. Thanasis Fragis, owner of “NOSTIMIA CO Ltd”, and of Mrs. Rumiko Honma, an internationally distinguished taster from Japan and owner of “FERMIER”. The seminar focused on the Greek feta cheese and on the Cretan gruyere (graviera) and hard cheese as well as on cheese from France, Italy and Spain.
“Mrs. Honma is enchanted by Greece” said Mr. Fragis. “Our company supports her effort to establish firstly the Feta cheese and the other types of cheese from Crete, and then the cheeses from the rest of Greece. This seminar, in which Mrs. Honma was the main speaker, is the first of a number of events we have scheduled so as to help the Japanese familiarize themselves with the quality supremacy of the Greek cheese’’. During the seminar videos and slides from the visit to Greece were shown and then there was a gustative trial of Cretan cheese, offered by the KRIARAS SA, the Biological Lesvos Feta and the ‘’AEOLIAN LAND SA.’’
The pleasant surprise and the flattering comments that followed verified the success of the seminar. Mr. Fragis said concluding his speech: “I would like to thank the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board, the Hellenic Tourism Organization office in Tokyo and the Exporters’ Association of Crete for their significant contribution and to express the hope that they will continue to do so in the future, with the same excitement”.