US Faces Cheese Surplus As Dairy Demand Drops

Increased demand for dairy alternatives continues to reshape the animal agriculture industry
Cheese Sales
More cheese is being made as the result of plummeting milk sales

According to the US Department of Agriculture, there is currently 1.39 billion pounds of cheese in storage in the country - a surplus which is the result of dwindling dairy demand.

Dairy sales

A sudden drop in demand for milk means much of it is being made into cheese - which can be stored and remains profitable for a longer period.

Because of the over-production of cheese, prices have dropped.

With the industry floundering, cheese makers are dissuading Trump from putting an international tariff on the product, which is sold in abundance in Mexico.

Plant Milk Sector
Consumers are increasingly choosing plant-based dairy alternatives (Photo: Instagram)

Dairy alternatives

Meanwhile, the dairy alternative market is forecasted to hit $24 billion USD within the next eight years - presenting a dismal forecast for the cheese industry should this pattern continue.

In light of the changes, a report by Rabobank advises that those in the dairy industry consider an alternative route.

The report's Senior Analyst in Dairy Tom Bailey said: "While it's not essential to diversify into dairy alternatives, it would be wise for the dairy industry to at least learn one thing from the success of dairy alternatives, which may be putting the consumer first and trading in the old grass-to-glass model for glass-to-grass."

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