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Per Capita Cheese Consumption Set New Record In 2018: 38.15 Pounds

Per capita US cheese consumption last year was a record 38.15 pounds, up 0.91 pound from 2017 and the eighth consecutive year in which per capita cheese consumption set a new record high, according to figures released Monday by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

Per capita cheese consumption has now grown by more than 10 pounds since 1998, when it was 27.84 pounds, and has grown by almost five pounds since 2011, when it was 33.24 pounds.

Last year, per capita consumption of Italian-type cheese reached a record 15.64 pounds, up more than half a pound from 2017 and the third straight year in which per capita Italian cheese consumption topped 15 pounds. Per capita consumption of Italian cheese has risen by about five pounds since 1998 and thus accounts for almost half (48.1 percent) of the per capita cheese consumption increase over the past two decades.

Within the Italian cheese category last year, per capita Mozzarella consumption totaled a record 12.15 pounds, up more than half a pound from 2017. Per capita Mozzarella consumption has risen by about four pounds since 1997, when it was 8.16 pounds.

By contrast, per capita consumption of Italian cheeses other than Mozzarella last year, at 3.49 pounds, was down from 2018’s record of 3.51 pounds. Per capita consumption of other Italian cheeses has increased by more
than a pound since 2002, when it totaled 2.43 pounds, and has increased by almost half a pound since 2014, when it was 3.02 pounds.

Also in 2018, per capita consumption of American-type cheeses (which includes Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, washed curd and stirred curd) totaled a record 15.38 pounds, up 0.3 pound from 2017 and the second straight year in which per capita consumption of American-type cheese topped 15 pounds.

Within the American-type cheese category last year, per capita Cheddar consumption totaled a record 11.20 pounds, up from 11.09 pounds in 2017.
Per capita Cheddar consumption has increased by about two pounds since 1996, when it was 9.19 pounds.

And per capita consumption of American-type cheeses other than Cheddar last year was a record 4.18 pounds, up from 4.0 pounds in 2017.

Per capita consumption of other American cheeses has risen by more than a pound since 2009, when it was 3.12 pounds.

Per capita consumption of other types of cheese typically from cows milk last year, with ...
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