Swiss residents continue to eat more cheese

Swiss residents continue to eat more cheese
Photo: Switzerland Cheese Marketing
Swiss residents continue to scoff more cheese with statistics released on Tuesday showing they ate 21.37 kilograms on average in 2014, 330 grams more than in the previous year.

Domestic cheeses continued to account for the majority of those eaten by residents, amounting to almost 70 percent (14.95 kilograms per person), according to figures released by Switzerland Cheese Marketing.

But the share of foreign cheeses continues to increase, accounting for just over 30 percent of the domestic market (an average of 6.42 kilograms per person), the marketing agency said.

Regional products and those from abroad have gained in popularity at the expense of traditional varieties, the figures show.

The Swiss are among the biggest consumers of cheese in the world, ranking sixth behind France, Iceland, Finland, Germany and Estonia, according to the International Dairy Federation.

Swiss residents on average eat two times less cheese than meat but twice as much as chocolate.

For more information about Swiss cheese statistics, click here.

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