Which Countries Produce the Most Cheese?

Dairy Products February 17, 2017
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

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Global cheese market production was estimated at 93,376 million USD in 2015, a decrease of 22,529 million USD (19%) against 2014. In physical terms, the production of cheese was estimated at 22,248 million USD in 2015, which was 400 million USD (2%) more than in 2014.

In physical terms, cheese, whole cow milk accounted for the highest share (83% in 2015) of global cheese production, followed by cheese, skimmed cow milk (11%), cheese, sheep milk (3%), cheese of goat milk (2%) and cheese, buffalo milk (1%), lagging somewhat behind.

The countries with the largest production of cheese in absolute volumes, according to market research conducted by IndexBox, were the U.S. (5,733 thousand tonnes), followed by Germany (2,280 thousand tonnes) somewhat behind, then France (1,846 thousand tonnes) and Italy (1,297 thousand tonnes).

The most notable growth rate in cheese production amongst the main producing countries from 2007 to 2015, was attained by the U.S. (+2.4% per year), Germany (+1.7% per year) and Italy (+1.6% per year). 36% of the increase in global cheese production between 2007 and 2015 was attained by the U.S., against 10% of the increase attributed to Germany.

Top 10 countries producing the most cheese in 2015


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Source: World: Cheese - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025