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Cheese market in Europe - Statistics and Facts

Europeans love their cheese. Every year, approximately nine million tons of cheese are consumed in the European Union. On average, a resident of the European Union eats around 15 kilos of cheese, and that figure is only expected to increase. According to figures for projected cheese consumption per capita in the EU, by 2025 Europeans will eat some 16 kilos of cheese. There are marked differences in consumption between countries. In 2018, Swedes and Norwegians each ate nearly 19 kilos of cheese per year, most of it white cheese. Italians ate even more on average, with 24 kilos per capita. The Spanish, on the other hand, only ate some eight kilos per year in 2018, most of it fresh cheese and semi-cured cheese.

Expenditure on cheese in Belgium reached 113 euros per person in 2018, an increase of five euros in comparison to ten years earlier. In Spain consumers spent roughly half of that amount on cheese in 2018, with an average of 57 euros per capita.

Much of the cheese consumed is also produced in Europe, mainly in France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch, for example, produced nearly 900 million kilos of cheese in 2019. In 2017, more than 1.7 billion kilos of cheese were produced in France. In Belgium over 106,000 tons of cheese were produced in 2018. The Scandinavian countries are not as famous for their cheese, but here too production takes place. Finland produced nearly 87 million kilos of cheese in 2019, whereas southern neighbor Denmark produced approximately 460 million kilos of cheese in the same year.

Most of the cheese produced in Europe was exported to other European countries, as well as other continents. Of the Dutch cheese, for example, approximately 31 percent is exported to Germany and 13 percent is exported to Belgium. Only a small percentage of the Dutch cheese is exported outside of Europe. The main export destinations for Swedish cheese were the Scandinavian neighbors Denmark, Finland and Norway. French exports amounted to nearly 680,000 tons in 2018, whereas Italy exported some 133,000 tons of fresh cheese in 2019.

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Cheese market in Europe - Statistics and Facts

Europeans love their cheese. Every year, approximately nine million tons of cheese are consumed in the European Union. On average, a resident of the European Union eats around 15 kilos of cheese, and that figure is only expected to increase. According to figures for projected cheese consumption per capita in the EU, by 2025 Europeans will eat some 16 kilos of cheese. There are marked differences in consumption between countries. In 2018, Swedes and Norwegians each ate nearly 19 kilos of cheese per year, most of it white cheese. Italians ate even more on average, with 24 kilos per capita. The Spanish, on the other hand, only ate some eight kilos per year in 2018, most of it fresh cheese and semi-cured cheese.

Expenditure on cheese in Belgium reached 113 euros per person in 2018, an increase of five euros in comparison to ten years earlier. In Spain consumers spent roughly half of that amount on cheese in 2018, with an average of 57 euros per capita.

Much of the cheese consumed is also produced in Europe, mainly in France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch, for example, produced nearly 900 million kilos of cheese in 2019. In 2017, more than 1.7 billion kilos of cheese were produced in France. In Belgium over 106,000 tons of cheese were produced in 2018. The Scandinavian countries are not as famous for their cheese, but here too production takes place. Finland produced nearly 87 million kilos of cheese in 2019, whereas southern neighbor Denmark produced approximately 460 million kilos of cheese in the same year.

Most of the cheese produced in Europe was exported to other European countries, as well as other continents. Of the Dutch cheese, for example, approximately 31 percent is exported to Germany and 13 percent is exported to Belgium. Only a small percentage of the Dutch cheese is exported outside of Europe. The main export destinations for Swedish cheese were the Scandinavian neighbors Denmark, Finland and Norway. French exports amounted to nearly 680,000 tons in 2018, whereas Italy exported some 133,000 tons of fresh cheese in 2019.

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