Americans Are Scarfing Down a Record Amount of Cheese

The consumption of cheese and butter in the United States is at an all-time high.



Photo by: HandmadePictures


One thing that unites America? Our common love of cheese.

The consumption of cheese and butter in the United States is at an all-time high, Bloomberg reports, citing a December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cheese consumption has risen especially sharply in the last two years, now clocking in higher than it has since the government began keeping tabs on it, in 1975.

The amount of butter Americans are eating has also climbed to a 40-year high, up 25 percent in the past decade alone, reflecting changing consumer tastes and shifting scientific guidance on fats. (Case in point? McDonald’s recently moved fast to ditch margarine in its Egg McMuffins and use butter instead.)

Meanwhile, the amount of milk we’re drinking is on the decline and has been for decades, thanks to the diversification of our beverage options — more juices, sports drinks, sodas. So it’s kind of a wash for dairy farmers. And cows.

“We’re just seeing a greater trend toward cheese consumption in people’s everyday diets,” Matthew Mattke, director of the Market360 Dairy advisory team at the commodity consulting firm Stewart-Peterson, Inc., in West Bend, Wisconsin, told Bloomberg. “With the beverage market, there’s a lot more choices. But you can’t replace cheese on a pizza.”

Related Links:

Keep Reading

Next Up

2018 Is On Track to Be a Record Year for Avocados

United States avocado volume is expected to reach a record high this year.

Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese — Down-Home Comfort

From the familiar blue box to gourmet eight-cheese combinations, we can’t seem to get enough of mac and cheese. It may be the be all and end all of down-home comfort food. It’s rich, flavorful and satisfying — friendly and familiar but never dull.

A Record-Setting Auction and Alton in Handcuffs — Alton's After-Show

Watch Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen: Alton's After-Show hosted by Alton Brown.

Tyler Florence Is On Hand as Grill Masters Attempt to Break 30-Hour Marathon Barbecue Record

Hear from Tyler as he dishes on the grilling marathon taking place in lower Manhattan today.

Smoothie of the Month: Concord Grape

Make this fall smoothie from cashews and Concord grapes. More healthy recipes like these at Food Network.

Make-Ahead Sausage and Cheese Grits Casserole — Down-Home Comfort

Grits are easy to prepare, can be a main meal or a side dish, will hold for hours in a low oven and reheat wonderfully as leftovers, even in the microwave.