Dairy Trivia Facts
June Dairy Month is here. Enjoy these facts about the dairy industry in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Signature Industry Dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin agriculture. Total Ag = $59.2 billion; dairy = $26.5 billion
Wisconsin Leads in Cheese Varieties Wisconsin cheese makers produce over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese. runner-up comes in second with 250 varieties.
Wisconsin Milk 90% of Wisconsin's milk is made into cheese and 90% of that famous Wisconsin Cheese is sold outside of the state's borders.
One Ounce A one-ounce slice of Wisconsin Cheese contains about the same amount of protein as an 8-ounce glass of milk.
Cheese Consumption American per capita cheese consumption was 33.5 pounds in 2011. Our average consumption of cheese has nearly doubled over the last 30 years.
Pizza Americans eat about 350 slices of pizza per second. That's enough to cover more than 90 football fields a day.
Anne Pickett In 1841, Mrs. Anne Pickett started the first home cheese factory in Wisconsin near Lake Mills. Mrs. Pickett used milk from her neighbors' cows to produce butter and cheese in her log cabin. This procedure continued until 1845, when the level of production and demand grew too large for her kitchen. By 1869, Wisconsin produced over 3 million pounds of cheese, and that number would more than quadruple within 10 years.
Ice Cream Flavors According to the NPD Group's National Eating Trends In-Home Database, the top five ice cream flavors are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip, and butter pecan.
U.S. Yogurt Consumption Americans eat an average of 13.7 pounds of yogurt per person every year, nearly double the 7.0 pounds per person Americans consumed just ten years ago.
Ten Pounds It takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
Mozzarella Mozzarella cheese is the biggest-selling cheese variety, followed by Cheddar.
Eating On average, each American eats 33.5 pounds of cheese every year. That adds up to more than a ton of cheese during a lifetime.