While the consumption of processed cheese has declined over the last 10 years, consumption of natural cheese is on the rise. Total retail sales of natural and specialty cheeses grew to $17.4 billion in 2015.
Nearly 100% of Americans say they eat cheese, and 30% of adults say they are eating more cheese today than they did a few years ago. As more affordable high-quality cheeses enter the market, sales will continue to grow. Consumers are focused on eating healthier snacks and foods, and they want cheese made from milk they perceive to be better for them. Because of this, organic cheeses are also booming, with sales reaching $570 million in 2015.
Information for this infographic is provided by Packaged Facts' report: Cheese: Natural and Specialty Cheeses in the U.S. and Global Markets, 6th Edition