Which Country Consumes Most Cheese In The World?

Dairy Products April 26, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

In 2013, the leading cheese consuming markets were the USA (5.2 million tonnes), Germany (1.8 million tonnes), France (1.5 million tonnes), Italy (1.4 million tonnes) and Russia (1.1 million tonnes), together accounting for approximately 52% of global consumption. These countries were also the leading producers of cheese in the world.

From 2007 to 2013, global cheese consumption increased by 1.4%. The highest annual growth rates between 2007 and 2013 were registered in Argentina with 8.1% growth, Russia and Poland with 4.7% and 3.4% growth, respectively.

In the USA, the world's leading cheese consuming country, per capita consumption was estimated at 16.2 kg/year, higher than the global average (2.9 kg/year).

The highest levels of cheese consumption were registered in Greece (24.9 kg/year), France (23.2 kg/year) and Italy (23.1 kg/year). China (0.2 kg/year) and Belarus (0.5 kg/year) had the lowest volumes of cheese consumption.

In the USA, the UK, Germany and Italy, per capita cheese consumption was relatively stable. Population growth induced a slight increase in consumption, approximately 0,8% from 2007 to 2013.

In Russia, cheese consumption grew rapidly over the period under review. In 2013, Russia's per capita consumption reached 7.5 kg/year as compared with 5.7 kg/year in 2007.

The USA dominated in global cheese production, while the leading exporter was Germany. In 2013, Germany exported 52% of its total cheese output. Of this amount, 23.6% was supplied to Italy, where German cheese held 19.3% share of total Italian consumption.

Source: World: Cheese - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020