Wisconsin made more specialty cheeses in 2022

The top cheese-producing state saw growth in the specialty cheese markets.  USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says Wisconsin continued to produce the most cheese in 2022 making 25% of U.S. cheese.  Specialty cheeses accounted for 26% of the state’s total production, and that was 51 million more pounds of specialty cheese than Wisconsin made in 2021.

Asiago, Hispanic, and Parmesan wheel production grew 14% each last year.  There was also a 5% increase in Gorgonzola production and a 4% rise in Cheddar production.  The only cheese that saw less production was Gouda, which was down 3%.

Overall, 94 of the state’s 118 cheese manufacturing plants made at least one type of specialty cheese last year.

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