Number of Cheese Production Plants (2012):
Wisconsin: 126 California: 60 New York: 55 Pennsylvania: 38 Vermont: 23
Per Capita Cheese Consumption, selectied countries (2009):
France: 52.7 pounds
Malta: 50.4 pounds
Germany: 46.2 pounds
Poland: 42.8 pounds
Estonia: 41.7 pounds
Austria: 40.1 pounds
United States: 32.9 pounds
Cyprus: 30.0 pounds
Argentina: 26.9 pounds
Australia: 22.8 pounds
Canada: 20.4 pounds
New Zealand: 10.5 pounds.
U.S. per capita cheese consumption by year:
1984: 21.5 pounds
1989: 23.8 pounds
1994: 26.5 pounds
1999: 29.0 pounds
2001: 30.1 pounds
2003: 30.6 pounds
2005: 31.7 pounds
2007: 33.2 pounds
2009: 32.9 pounds
(USDA/FAS; US Census)
Greeks eat more cheese than anyone else, per capita consumption averages 54 pounds.
Americans eat over half pound of cheese per person each week.
United States Cheese production in 2009 was more than 10.1 billion pounds (10,109,293,000 pounds). (USDA, 2010)
U.S. cheese consumption reached a new record high of 33.2 pounds per capita in 2007.
U.S. cheese consumption reached a new record high of 31.3 pounds per capita in 2005.
U.S. average per capita cheese consumption in 1910 was 5 pounds per year.
More than one-third of all milk produced each year in the U.S. is used to make cheese.
Processed cheeses such as American Cheese, are more than 40% of total U.S. cheese production.
The United States produces more than 30% of the world's cheese.
Wisconsin is first in specialty cheese production. Wisconsin produces more than 45% of all specialty cheese produced in the U.S.
(California passed Wisconsin in 2006 in total cheese production.)
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