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At 34.17 Pounds, 2014 Per Capita Cheese Consumption Was Up More Than Half A Pound From 2013
Washington—Per capita cheese consumption in the US last year was a record high 34.17 pounds, up 0.54 pounds from 2013, according to figures released this week by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
Per capita cheese consumption has now increased for seven consecutive years, after falling to 32.39 pounds in 2008, the lowest level since 2005.
For the fifth consecutive year, per capita consumption of Italian-type cheeses topped per capita consumption of American-type cheeses. Last year, per capita Italian cheese consumption was a record-high 14.18 pounds, up from 13.82 pounds in 2013 and more than four pounds higher than in 1995.
Within the Italian cheese category, per capita Mozzarella consumption last year was a record 11.16 pounds, up from 10.72 pounds in 2013 and up 3.26 pounds from 1995. And per capita consumption of Italian cheeses other than Mozzarella last year was 3.02 pounds, down from 3.09 pounds in 2013 but still the fourth straight year that per capita consumption of these cheeses — primarily Provolone, Parmesan and Ricotta — topped three pounds.
In 2014, per capita consumption of American-type cheeses was a record-high 13.47 pounds, up from 13.34 pounds in 2013. Per capita consumption of American-type cheeses has increased by 1.78 pounds since 1995, the new ERS figures show.
Per capita Cheddar consumption last year was 9.68 pounds, up from 9.63 pounds in 2013 and the highest level since 2010, when per capita consumption was 10.06 pounds.
That was the last time per capita Cheddar consumption topped 10 pounds; it had reached a record 10.43 pounds in 2006.
Per capita consumption of other American-type cheeses (including Colby, Monterey Jack, washed curd and stirred curd) in 2014 was a record 3.79 pounds, up from 3.70 pounds in 2013 and up 1.14 pounds since 1995.
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