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2016 US Cheese Production Tops 12 Billion Pounds
February 3rd, 2017




WASHINGTON — Total U.S. cheese production, excluding cottage cheese, was 1.050 billion pounds in December 2016, up 1.3 percent from December 2015’s 1.036 billion pounds, according to preliminary data released Thursday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). (All figures are rounded. Please see CMN’s Dairy Production chart.)


December cheese production was up 3.0 percent from November 2016’s 1.020 billion pounds; when adjusted for the length of the months, December cheese production was down 0.3 percent from November on an average daily basis.

December’s cheese production brought the 2016 total to 12.074 billion pounds, up 2.0 percent from 2015. 2016 was a leap year; when adjusting for the length of the years, 2016 production was up 1.7 percent.


Production of Mozzarella, the nation’s most-produced cheese, totaled 360.3 million pounds in December, down 1.2 percent from December 2015. Total Italian-type production, of which Mozzarella is the largest component, was 460.6 million pounds in December, a 1.1-percent decline from December 2015.


Meanwhile, Cheddar production rose 3.5 percent in the December-to-December comparison, climbing to 303.1 million pounds in December 2016. Total American-type cheese production, of which Cheddar is the largest component, was 415.7 million pounds in December, up 3.9 percent from a year earlier.


Wisconsin led the nation’s cheese production with 271.3 million pounds in December, a 0.7-percent decline from its production a year earlier. California followed with 216.8 million pounds, up less than 0.1 percent from a year earlier. Idaho ranked No. 3 in December cheese production with 81.7 million pounds, down 1.8 percent from its production a year earlier.


The next three cheese-producing states in December were New York with 72.6 million pounds, up 3.3 percent from its production a year earlier; New Mexico with 68.2 million pounds, up 7.7 percent; and Minnesota with 57.7 million pounds, down 3.4 percent.


NASS reports total U.S. butter production in December 2016 was 163.8 million pounds, down 6.7 percent from December 2015. December butter production was 13.3 percent higher than November 2016’s 144.6 million pounds; when adjusted for the length of the months, December butter production was up 9.6 percent from November on an average daily basis.


The preliminary data puts total 2016 butter production at 1.889 billion pounds, up 2.2 percent from 2015. When adjusting for the length of the years due to leap day, 2016 butter production was up 1.9 percent versus 2015.


California led the nation’s butter production with 50.4 million pounds in December, down 2.0 percent from its production a year earlier, according to NASS.



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