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Sep 25, 2013 11:52 AM

The Atlantic: Now Is the Time of Cheese

". . . the average U.S. consumer is, at 23 pounds per year, eating more than the occasional cheese dip. In 1970, the number was about eight pounds."

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  1. Interesting comments on the piece.

    1. Someone remarked a while back that there seemed to be cheese on everything. But it's not so much that people are eating more cheese, as it is they are eating more things that are cheesy!

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Some where at some time I'd read that mozzarella-type cheeses make up the bulk of what's consumed cheesewise in the US implying pizza sales drive the figures . . . but I'm too lazy to look it up again.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          yeah, am thinking this is people eating lots more fast-food, delivery-pizza and crap like nachos.

      2. If the new Super ShopRite that opened a few miles from me (58,000 sq ft) is any indication of where specialty is heading inside large grocer chains, CHEESE is not only making a huge comeback it's in education mode. Two p/t cheesemongers cover the cheese dept for both buying and information sessions. Customers can attend impromptu cheese tastings and ask for any pkg to be opened prior to buying. Cheese prices range from sales of $1.00/lb to nearly $80/lb. For a grocery store that's telling.

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        1. re: HillJ

          In a ShopRite in New Jersey they were actually making mozzarella in the store. Very cool!

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Do you happen to know where in NJ. The ShopRite I'm referring to is in Hazlet, NJ.

            1. re: HillJ

              I was visiting a friend who lives near Phillisberg. I don't know where t h e store was, I'm not even positive it was in New Jersey not Pennsylvania. But I'll ask her.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                I finally thought to ask her: it's at the ShopRite on Rte. 22 outside of Phillipsberg.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I recently enjoyed a homemade mozz lesson in my home and really enjoyed myself. First time, we only cooked down cheese curds but the second time we started from scratch and wow was it delicious!

                  Phillipsberg is about 2 hours away from me. Maybe our local ShopRite will follow suit (it's a fairly new store).

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I'm sure it couldn't hurt to suggest it to them!