Cheese: weekly consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2006-2018

Weekly cheese consumption in the UK fluctuated during this period. In 2014, it dropped to 111 grams, the lowest since 2008. Since then the average purchase per person per week has been increasing annually. By the end of the 2017/18-year, cheese purchases had increased to 125 grams per week. This was the largest amount in the period of consideration.

Cheddar, the nation's favorite cheese

Originating in the Somerset village of Cheddar, this cheese is consistently the most consumed cheese in the UK. The average purchase volume per person per week amounts to more than 60 grams. The second most popular type is soft natural cheese.
An estimated 26 million people consumed English cheddar in 2017, far more than the second highest ranked cheese variety mozzarella.

Leading cheese brands

In terms of cheese in blocks or grated, the most popular brand is Cathedral City, with more than 13 million consumers in 2017. When blocks of cheese are excluded, the nation’s favorite cheese brand is Dairylea, with almost seven million users in the same year.

Average purchase per person per week of cheese in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2006 to 2017/2018*

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2006 to 2017/2018

Supplementary notes

The figures measure cheese products consumed only in the home and not as an ingredient e.g. cheese in a ready meal.
* Total cheese: Hard cheese (e.g. Cheddar, Edam), cottage cheese, soft natural cheese, processed cheese.

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