US stockpiles of cheese are currently higher than ever for a number of different reasons, including the fact that people simply aren't buying as much.
What savory luxury is there in the world better than cheese? It comes in so many different forms and accompanies so many different things. It goes on pizza, on burgers, even in cakes. Honestly, if we were to switch to a vegan lifestyle right this second it wouldn't be giving up meat that gets us, it would be the sudden lack of cheese.
While we know we are not alone, we are also well aware that many people out there live entirely cheeseless lives. We don't know how you do it, but we do know those numbers are growing. We know that because the stockpiles of cheese in the United States are increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, the country currently has more cheese stockpiled than at any other time since it started keeping note of how much cheese it has 100 years ago.
So what is the size of the problem exactly? Well, it's pretty big. There is currently around 1.4 billion lbs of cheese stockpiled in the US according to CBS News. That's about 4.3 lbs of cheese per person. We mean, we love cheese, but that's crazy. There are a couple of different reasons for this. Firstly, people's tastes are changing. Not only are some avoiding dairy altogether, but those who do eat cheese no longer buy processed versions like Kraft and Velveeta.
The trade war currently ongoing between the US and other countries is also having a massive effect. Nate Donnay, director of Dairy Market Insight at INTL FCStone Financial revealed that sales to Mexico have dropped by almost a third since the tariffs were put in place. That means since things like cheddar are sitting around for longer, its taste will change. It won't necessarily go bad, but it won't have the flavor that was originally intended for it.
What's worrying is there doesn't seem to be an end in sight for this problem, aside from making less cheese for the time being. What that won't affect, however, is the massive amount that is currently just sitting around. If only every American would do their part and commit to eating 4.3 lbs of cheese each, this problem would disappear. However, then we would have a cheese shortage on our hands, and that will not slide with us.