Swiss Cheese Union
The Swiss Cheese Union (German: Schweizer Käseunion AG, pronounced [ˈʃvaɪtsər ˈkɛːzəʔuˌni̯oːn aːˈɡeː]) was a marketing and trading organization in Switzerland which from 1914 to 1999 served as a cartel to control cheese production. To this end, the Swiss Cheese Union mandated production be limited to only 3 varieties: Gruyere, Emmental, and Sbrinz, and bought the entire production and distribution of cheese at prices set by the Swiss Federal Council. It also coordinated the national and international marketing for these three varieties of cheese.
From 1992 to 1999, the Swiss Cheese Union was the main sponsor of the Swiss National Ski Team.
- Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy - NPR Planet Money
- Schweizerische Käseunion AG in Liq., Moneyhouse (German language)
- Trade policy review of Switzerland: May 1996, World Trade Organization
- Schweizerische Käseunion in Historischen Lexikon der Schweiz, Beat Brodbeck (German language)
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