Consumers’ preference for natural over processed shows in cheese sales. While natural cheese sales remained positive, processed cheese continues to see declines. Consumers are opting for natural slices, sticks and shredded cheese.
Eye development in cheese can be a sought-after attribute or an unfortunate defect, but in both cases, gas is the culprit. That’s why it is essential for cheesemakers to understand the basics of gas development and apply that knowledge, whether they are looking to make a tightly knit Cheddar or a Swiss with perfect eyes.
The world of cultured dairy is a big one and the shelves are crowded. Health experts continue to tout the many benefits of consuming cultured dairy, including gut health and weight management. This past year some interesting trends have emerged that are poised to help grow and diversify the category even more — bold flavor innovation (including savory flavors), a growing interest in drinkable yogurts and an increase in whole-milk cultured dairy products.