CCFN member, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), sent a delegation of staff and members to Europe in October to discuss strengthening trade relations and promoting more common-sense policies around food regulations and sustainability. The trip culminated in a policy dialogue and reception in Paris, where USDEC’s President and CEO, Krysta Harden, spoke to the attendees about the legitimacy of common food names, among other messages designed to foster smoother trading conditions. USDEC and the U.S. embassy followed up the policy discussion with a reception showcasing the high quality of many common name cheeses – including parmesan, asiago, and fontina – sourced from several American companies. The combination event, coupled with participation by several CCFN members at the Paris SIAL trade show that week, helped to underscore the breadth and open eyes to the top-notch taste of many non-European cheeses.