Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis on Monday toured the Pittas dairy factory in Nicosia, sampling the produce as he went along.
Kouyialis, accompanied by the directors of the company, Yiannos and Athos Pittas, visited the production facilities and was also informed on the potential and demand for halloumi cheese exports. Established in 1939, Pittas Dairy industries Ltd is the oldest cheese manufacturing company on the island.
“This is a historic dairy company in Cyprus,” Kouyialis said during his visit.
He added that he had the opportunity to exchange opinions with the owners of the company, as regards the halloumi registration as product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and the problems the island’s dairy sector faces.
The company has invented techniques that allowed the production of halloumi cheese on a large industrial scale. Today, other than its presence in the local market, Pittas is also exporting halloumi cheese in 40 destinations around the world, including the UK, the USA, Australia the Middle East, Scandinavia and recently Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
The company was the first to establish ISO and HACCP quality systems in the Cyprus dairy industry and its premises were the first to be approved by EU regulations.