Cheese consumption around the world
The cheese market has traditional regions of consumption, such as Europe. It is currently expanding in other regions.
In the European Union, we consume an average of 17 kg of cheese per inhabitant per year. This number is higher in countries like Greece, France and Germany, who have a long tradition of cheese. According to the International Dairy Federation (IDF), there was only one non-European country (Israel) in the top-15 consumers of cheese in 2016.
Elsewhere in the world, the market has a very high potential.
There is a small amount of cheese consumption in countries like the United States, New Zealand and Australia. English cheddar is dominant.
Asia has its own tradition of fermented foods (tofu, miso, etc.). In India, consumers eat paneer, a cheese made from buffalo milk. Cheese is not part of traditional cuisine on the African continent, either. However, it is becoming more and more popular in these countries, particularly in Asia, as Western lifestyles become more widespread. It is increasing in popularity through two different types of consumption:
- cheese as an ingredient in fast food (pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.)
- cheese as a gourmet product, symbol of a European, and particularly French, lifestyle.
The nutritional benefits of cheese, including its high protein and calcium content, are also a factor in this development.