Seven Top Trends In Cheese For 2016

When it comes to cheese, Americans want convenience, flavor, authenticity, and freshness, said the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The board, a nonprofit organization of dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in Wisconsin, recently announced the top consumer cheese trends for 2016.

Cheese continues to be a popular product among American consumers. According to recent USDA reports, the average American consumes 34 pounds of cheese each year, representing an increase of 43 percent over the past 25 years. Per capita spending on cheese has also increased 37 percent since 2008, as more consumers enjoy cheese not only for its flavor, but also for its nutritional benefits. Additionally, production of specialty cheeses in Wisconsin has doubled over the past 10 years.

In order to meet consumer demands, cheesemakers are debuting new products that are convenient, emphasize flavor, and are accessible to both home cooks and on-the-go snackers, noted the board.

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