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Global cheese consumption by country 2020

In 2019, the European Union consumed some nine and a half million metric tons of cheese, an amount that far exceeded consumption numbers in other parts of the world. China, which has a population three times as large as that of the EU, only consumed an estimated 409 thousand metric tons of cheese that year.

Cheese in Canada

Not only did Canadians consume a considerable amount of cheese in 2019, but they also produced significant quantities of it. That year, the country produced over 500 million kilograms’ worth of cheese. Firm and semi-soft cheese were the two types to be produced the most in Canada.

Vegan cheese market

Vegan alternatives to established foods and dishes have become increasingly popular in recent years and the concept is still a growing market. One specific market in this vein is the global vegan cheese market. What was approximately worth about two billion U.S. dollars in 2015, is projected to grow to almost four billion U.S. dollars by 2024.

Annual consumption of cheese worldwide in 2020, by selected country (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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December 2020



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