Cheese market in Canada- statistics & facts

Canada is ranked as one of the major cheese producing countries in the world and Canadian cheese is internationally renowned for its variety and high quality. In 2020, it was estimated that the volume of cheese produced in Canada amounted to around 510,000 metric tons. The majority of cheese produced in Canada is firm cheese , rather than soft or hard cheese, and Cheddar and Mozzarella were the most produced varieties in 2020. Canada also produces many specialty cheeses, the most common varieties of which are cream cheese, cottage cheese, and parmesan. In terms of per capita consumption, specialty cheese is the most popular type of cheese among Canadians, followed by Cheddar.

Canadian trading partners

In 2020, Canada exported about 10.6 million kilograms of cheese, amounting to about 80.28 million Canadian dollars in export value. Canada has a trade deficit when it comes to cheese; importing 40.58 million kilograms of cheese in that same year. Most of these imports come from France, Italy, and the United States, which are all world renowned for their high-quality artisanal cheese.

Cheese consumption

Canadian cheese expenditure has remained relatively stable in recent years. According to a survey, the average Canadian household spends around 282 Canadian dollars on cheese each year. Cheese consumption, in comparison, has increased. The average Canadian was estimated to consume around 12.5 kilograms of cheese in 2020, an increase of over 15 percent since 2010, when annual per capita consumption stood at 10.7 kilograms. When looking at retail sales, it is easy to see that consumers in Canada have a preference for unprocessed cheese. Processed cheese often has a longer shelf-life, is more uniform, and easier to melt than unprocessed cheese. However, certain varieties do not contain enough dairy to be classified as cheese and must instead be labelled as "cheese product" or "cheese spread".

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Cheese market in Canada- statistics & facts

Canada is ranked as one of the major cheese producing countries in the world and Canadian cheese is internationally renowned for its variety and high quality. In 2020, it was estimated that the volume of cheese produced in Canada amounted to around 510,000 metric tons. The majority of cheese produced in Canada is firm cheese , rather than soft or hard cheese, and Cheddar and Mozzarella were the most produced varieties in 2020. Canada also produces many specialty cheeses, the most common varieties of which are cream cheese, cottage cheese, and parmesan. In terms of per capita consumption, specialty cheese is the most popular type of cheese among Canadians, followed by Cheddar.

Canadian trading partners

In 2020, Canada exported about 10.6 million kilograms of cheese, amounting to about 80.28 million Canadian dollars in export value. Canada has a trade deficit when it comes to cheese; importing 40.58 million kilograms of cheese in that same year. Most of these imports come from France, Italy, and the United States, which are all world renowned for their high-quality artisanal cheese.

Cheese consumption

Canadian cheese expenditure has remained relatively stable in recent years. According to a survey, the average Canadian household spends around 282 Canadian dollars on cheese each year. Cheese consumption, in comparison, has increased. The average Canadian was estimated to consume around 12.5 kilograms of cheese in 2020, an increase of over 15 percent since 2010, when annual per capita consumption stood at 10.7 kilograms. When looking at retail sales, it is easy to see that consumers in Canada have a preference for unprocessed cheese. Processed cheese often has a longer shelf-life, is more uniform, and easier to melt than unprocessed cheese. However, certain varieties do not contain enough dairy to be classified as cheese and must instead be labelled as "cheese product" or "cheese spread".

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Cheese market in Canada".

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