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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Some Popular Cheeses ...

What Are the Most Popular Cheeses?
People often ask us which cheeses are the most popular. Having done some research, the answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as it first appears, because the answer depends on several different factors.

For example, the most popular cheese in the world is actually deemed to be Cheddar (based on recent worldwide sales). However, if you look at the most popular cheeses in any given country, this brings up a wide range of answers, from Feta to Brie and even Mozzarella. If those living in countries like France, Spain, Italy, Greece and the USA were surveyed to rate their favourite cheeses, it is likely Cheddar wouldn’t even get a look in for a top three position.

Furthermore, the only logical way that people like us can even try to gauge which cheese is the most popular is predominantly based on the reported sales figures each cheese. However, popularity won’t be the only factor to affect sales figures. Availability of cheeses will also have an effect. Cheeses that are produced on a smaller scale by artisan producers (like Gorgonzola or Stilton for example) simply will not produce anywhere near the amounts to rival the production of Cheddar or Parmesan.

Lastly, the most popular cheeses in a particular country is also significantly influenced by the cheeses that that country actually produces. This makes sense as eating cheese that has been made locally to you reduces the travelling time from ‘farmhouse to table, so to speak.

Most Popular Cheeses by Country
As previously mentioned, the most popular cheese in the world appears to be cheddar as it reported the highest sales.

cheddar cheese - image from here

The most commonly eaten cheese in Spain (by sales) is Manchego – again, this is most likely due to a high production and a plentiful availability in shops, unlike different Spanish cheeses from smaller scale producers.

Cheddar is the UK’s most popular cheese, accounting for just over half of all cheese sales for households in Britain. This makes sense too, as Cheddar is made in the UK and has been for centuries.

For the USA – Mozzarella seems to be the most popular cheese based on sales figures, followed by Cheddar and Parmesan. It seems the main use for Mozzarella in the United States is for putting onto Pizzas though! It would be unlikely to see some Mozzarella on a cheese board – no matter where you are in the world!

For France, Camembert style cheeses are most popular, followed by Brie and then Roquefort. Again, these are all cheeses which were created in France and have been produced here for many centuries.

Again, it won’t come as a surprise that Greeks love their feta and it definitely beats out any other cheese for annual sales in Greece.

Generally Popular Cheeses around the World
Here are some of the most popular cheeses across the globe:
Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan)
English Cheddar
Roquefort
Brie
Gruyere
Feta
Mozzarella
Manchego
Gorgonzola
Epoisses

Above words taken from article here

You may also wish to read the post Cheese Is Good For You ... Some Reasons Why !
You can find it here

I wonder, do you have you a favourite cheese?
Please share in the comments ...

All the best Jan

29 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Cheese is one of my fave foods. Valerie

laurie said...

I LOVE cheese!!!

Jo said...

I love crumbly white cheeses such as Wensleydale and Lancashire, though I'm a lover of most cheeses really.

only slightly confused said...

Cheddar all they wayd but there is a place for Danish Blue, Mozzarella and Paremesan.

William Kendall said...

I tend to go between cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, and Gouda.

Anonymous said...

Cheddar please.

Tina

Martha said...

I really like cheese.

happyone said...

Mine is mozzarella, followed by cheddar and then Swiss.

Carol Blackburn said...

I think cheeses come in 2nd right after bacon on my list.

Christine said...

We eat a lot of cheddar.

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

One vote for provolone and Swiss.

Regine Karpel said...

Yum.

Lorrie said...

I love almost all types of cheese. In fact, I can't think of one I don't like. I tend to purchase Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Brie, and Feta the most, though.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

We like cheese in our house, husband more than I.

Iris Flavia said...

Coon, a brand of cheddar we don´t even get over here. Oh, and Mozzarella, of course - not only on Pizza :-)
Parmesan.... cheese!

Dianna said...

Very interesting, Jan. Thank you for doing the research for us. Cheddar is our favorite, followed by Swiss.

Anonymous said...

Cheese is SO good and what fabulous choices.
From cheddar to Halloumi, cheese is good to eat:)

RO said...

I love cheese so much, but you've taught me some neat things. Hugs...RO

sage said...

I love cheese, but Cheddar (and the sharper the better) is my favorite.

Out on the prairie said...

Blue for me

Catarina said...

In Canada the most popular cheese is also cheddar.

Magic Love Crow said...

I love all different types of cheese! I truly do!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I can't pick a favorite because I love them all! The cheeses I buy most often are Swiss, Cheddar and Parmesan. xx

Anonymous said...

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Cheryl said...

When I could eat cheese, blue cheese was my favourite.

Mary Kirkland said...

I love cheese.

Lee said...

Cheese is a staple for me. I love cheese of all varieties. I always have a block of tasty matured and/or a mild on hand in my fridge. I buy 1kg blocks.

I love a good creamy brie, Jarlsberg, blue, camembert, pepper-encrusted cream cheeses etc., etc., etc. See...I told you...I love cheese! :)

sheila 77 said...

This was fascinating, Jan, and I also enjoyed the "Cheese is good for you" post as I am a cheese-lover. I really like any cheese except the very smelly ones. At the moment I love cottage cheese, but only a certain type, Loseley, as I find the supermarket ones seem to be wet and squudgy. I also like Brie and other soft cheeses, and I could go on and on, yes I like cheese.

handmade by amalia said...

Every cheese is popular with me, it is my favorite food group. Lately I've been eating more goat cheese, they are very well done now, healthy and delicious.
Amalia
xo