Top Cheese Facts

  • Cheese is bought by over 98% of British households.
  • Cheese is a concentrated form of milk. It takes 10 litres of milk to make one kilogram of Cheddar.
  • A small matchbox sized piece of Cheddar (30 grams) contains about 30% of the recommended daily calcium intake for adults; it also contains protein, vitamin B12, phosphorus and 10.5 grams of fat and 125 calories.
  • We consume around 700,000 tonnes of cheese a year (including Cottage cheese and Fromage Frais) at home, in restaurants and in processed food. If you exclude Fromage Frais and Cottage Cheese it is about 600,000 tonnes - which is equivalent to about 10 kgs per person per year or 27.4 grams per person per day. Our European counterparts eat almost twice as much as much cheese per person per day as we do, mainly because European breakfasts often feature cheese.  
  • Cheddar is the UK’s favourite cheese, accounting for 55% of household purchases.
  • There are around 700 named cheeses made in the UK.
  • The second most popular cheese is Mozzarella – most of which is made in the UK.
  • Cheese producers in the UK also make versions of Camembert and Brie.
  • Coloured cheeses like Red Leicester, Double Gloucester and coloured Cheddar and Cheshire get their red colouring from Annatto, a natural flavourless vegetable extract from the seed of a South American tree.
  • Some British cheeses have a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). West Country Farmhouse Cheddar can only be produced in the West Country (Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall) and Stilton can only be produced in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
  • Cheese can be made from all sorts of milk – not only cows’ milk but also sheep, goat, buffalo and yak milks.