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January 20

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day! #CheeseLoversDay

If you are a self-proclaimed cheese lover, indulge in your favorite type of cheese today! Did you know that the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year?

Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history. There is no evidence indicating where cheese originated. The earliest evidence of cheese-making in the archaeological record dates back to 5,500 BCE. Earliest proposed dates for the origin of cheese making range from around 8000 BCE, when sheep were first domesticated.


Cheese is a very popular food across the world. There are more than 1000 cheese types, classified by taste and texture. Here are the primary classifications and some examples: fresh cheese (ricotta); soft cheese (feta); semi-soft cheese (Fontina); semi-hard cheese (Gouda); hard cheese (Cheddar); double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin); blue cheese (Gorgonzola); washed rind cheese (Limburger); and bloomy rind cheese (Brie).


The first factory for the industrial production of cheese opened in Switzerland in 1815, but large-scale production first found real success in the United States. Credit usually goes to Jesse Williams, a dairy farmer from Rome, New York, who in 1851 started making cheese in an assembly-line fashion using the milk from neighboring farms. Within decades, hundreds of such dairy associations existed.

National Cheese Lover’s Day


January 20
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