Consumption of cheese in Germany 2010-2019

Cheese consumption in Germany has remained relatively stable in recent years. Cheese is a staple in many German households among adults and children alike. In 2019, some two million tons of cheese were consumed.

German cheese

There are many types of cheese (and cheese products) found on the German market, catering to virtually every taste and preference. When breaking down per capita cheese consumption by type, semi-hard and semi-soft cheese were especially popular among German consumers, followed by cream cheese. In terms of production volume, Quark (fresh cheese made by warming soured milk) or the so-called Schichtkäse (several different layers of Quark added on top of each other) were produced the most, with Gouda and Edam rounding up the top three.

Feeling cheesy

Germany also imports cheese, with the import value rising after 2015. The European cheese market is a thriving one, with some 10 million tons of cheese consumed in all of the EU.

Consumption of cheese in Germany from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to available supply of cheese incl. processed cheese, minus imports and exports of raw products for production of processed cheese and change in stock.

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