(AGI) Reggio Emilia, June 24 - Parmigiano Reggiano exports to the U.S. are still rising following a boom last year. Exports in the first quarter of this year increased 5.5 percent, which may make the U.S. the top country among the cheese's importers, overtaking France, which overtook Germany last year, said the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium. This success consolidated in the U.S., a market for which the consortium is preparing new challenges. The president of the consortium, Alessandro Bezzi, said: "The first of these will be a record number of meetings with the principal American and Canadian importers and retail chains to mark our participation in the Fancy Food Show in New York from June 26 to 28." At the show, which has 2,000 exhibitors and is a top agri-food event, the consortium "will also relaunch a new investment plan with a specific focus on the U.S. and Canada, with information, promotion, and presence in retail chains, which represent a commitment of 1 million euros in 2016," he said. (AGI). .