First, the soya beans on the autumnal fields of the US were farmers, rising and gammelten, now there are huge masses of cheese, lying unloved in the cooling chambers of America. 700,000 tons of dairy products are eagerly waiting for the buyer, such as the U.S. food administration published in your monthly report.

So you have an idea of how much we are cheese are talking about here exactly, we need to classify the number: The average German ate according to the Federal statistical office, last year 24,13 kg of cheese. 700,000 tons would be sufficient to supply about 29 million Germans for a year. The inhabitants of the Federal States of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.

USA is the seventh-largest cheese exporter

the problems of The U.S. cheese industry these days, obviously, are made to a house, but also by external developments influenced, for which the manufacturers can do little.

the most about this year, their production of high risks in the expectation that the exports of American cheese would continue to increase. Last year, the Americans had shipped around 600,000 tons to a foreign country alone.

Worldwide, the United States is the seventh largest cheese exporter. Germany leads the ranking, ahead of France and the Netherlands. Most of the cheese goes from the U.S. to Mexico, which buy about a third of American products.

exports to Mexico and China broke

And that is precisely the Problem: since Donald Trump in the spring of a trade dispute with the southern neighbor about the free trade agreement NAFTA started, and punitive tariffs on Mexican products adopted, have also occupied the Mexican American products with higher taxes.

result: Mexico now buys about ten percent less cheese in the United States, the manufacturer had expected a further increase in sales in the South. From 2010 to 2016, the turnover, the exports doubled to Mexico from 203 to 370 million dollars.

it is also true that Mexico is not the only market that buys so much in the United States. Exports to China have slumped by around two-thirds compared to the previous year. This is also due to the trade dispute, the Trump with the huge Asian economy has started.

Although this does not meet the American producer in absolute Numbers, is very hard – China accounts for only 3.4 percent of U.S. cheese exports – but the Asians were one of the growth drivers in the export business. From 2010 to 2016, sales in the far East had more than tripled, has reached about 42 million dollars.

U.S. manufacturers have> miscalculated

Mozzarella, for example, has to be replaced as a Pizza topping, for the first time in 2010, the American Cheddar as my favorite cheese. The volume of imports has increased since then by about 42 percent to 1.4 billion dollars alone this year, it went to the end of October by more than ten percent.

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To the rate data, The Numbers are so amazing because of the total cheese consumption in the USA is declining sharply. Since 2006, the Per capita has halved Rate is now around 18.5 kilograms. The are, however, still around six million tonnes in the year. It is, therefore, eaten ten times as much cheese in the country than exported.

Hoping for better times

The US manufacturer of harren the meantime, and hope to soon better times. Your cheese can be stored for a while in the cooling chambers and does not need to be sold immediately. However, each day presses in the storage room in the price. Fresh cheese at the counter brings much more per kilogram than welded-in cheese from the refrigerated counter.

in Addition, the price is already on the decline Since 2014 the price of a 20-kilogram Block of Cheddar fell by around 25 percent, a 250-kilogram wheel of Cheese – the standard size in the wholesale trade, – brings in 28 percent less.

The hope is that the United States agree with Mexico and China, soon to new trade rules and, at least, the punitive tariffs will then be a thing of the past. The current depression group drives some of the large, no beads of sweat on the forehead. Compared to the Wall Street Journal, the Irish manufacturer Glanbia said now, soon, a new plant for $ 470 million in the USA build. “The cheese market is always cyclical,” says a company spokesperson, “in the long term, we see an increase in global cheese consumption.”

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