Cheese maker fights berry tax

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YORKSHIRE’s most iconic cheesemaker is fighting the EU over proposals for cranberry taxes.

Wensleydale Creamery, makers of Wensleydale cheese, will meet EU officials who plan to impose duty on the fruit imported from North America.

There is currently a suspension on duty on cranberries, which are used in the production of Wensleydale and cranberry blended cheese.

However the creamery fears increased costs and bureaucracy if EU plans to put a 17.9 oer cent levy on the fruit are given the go ahead.

Managing director David Hartley, said: “Wensleydale and cranberry cheese was our innovation and is now our biggest export product. with strong sales in the USA and Canada.

“At the moment anything that increases costs would be most unwelcome and could hurt exports from the EU.”