Cheese production statewide down in DecemberWisconsin’s cheese factories made less in December, while production nationally was on the rise.
Wisconsin’s cheese factories made less in December, while production nationally was on the rise.
Wisconsin made 219-and-a-half million pounds of cheese during the month – eight-tenths of a percent less than the previous December. The Badger State is still the nation’s top cheese-maker, but second-place California is gaining ground. Its production rose eight-point-one percent to 190-million pounds.
California made almost 15-percent more Italian cheeses than the previous year, while Wisconsin had increases of no more than one-point-three percent for any type of cheese. For the year as a whole, total U.S. cheese production was almost 10-and-a-half billion pounds, up three-point-three percent from 2009.