Global per capita consumption of cheese 2019, by country

Europe has the highest level of per capita cheese consumption. In 2019, European people on average ate 18.42 kilograms of cheese. U.S. and Canada came in second and third in that year at 17.5 and 14.5 kilograms of cheese per capita.

Cheese market in Europe

Europe is a major player in the global cheese industry. The 27 nations of the European Union generated 10.16 million metric tons of cheese in 2018, over twice as much as the second leading producer. As of 2017, Germany and the Netherlands were the top exporters of cheese worldwide, each exporting over four billion U.S. dollars worth of cheese in that year.

Global cheese consumption

The United States and the EU-27 were the top consumers of cheese worldwide. Per capita cheese consumption in the United States was about 39 pounds in 2017, up from 35 pounds in 2010. Shredded cheese had the highest level of unit sales of any type of cheese in the United States. Shredded cheese is commonly used in dishes such as pizza, quesadillas, and macaroni and cheese.

Per capita consumption of cheese worldwide in 2019, by country

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April 2020



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Supplementary notes

* All kinds of cheese.
Per capita consumptions of each country are obtained dividing total consumption (Source FAS-USDA) by the population (Source FAO, Eurostat)

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