Russia Is the World’s Second-Largest Cheese Importer

Russia Is the World’s Second-Largest Cheese Importer

According to the new report of the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (FAS USDA), the volume of cheese import to Russia will increase from last year’s 263,000 tonnes to 275,000 tonnes this year. As for the coming year, Russia is going to import 290,000 tonnes of cheese.

According to the FAS USDA data, Russia is the world’s second-largest cheese importer, with Japan leading the way. It is projected to purchase 310,000 tonnes of cheese this year and 325,000 tonnes next year. The EU, the USA, and New Zealand are global leading cheese exporters (880,000, 355,000, and 340,000 tonnes respectively).

This year, Russia has consumed an estimated 1.22 million tonnes of cheese. Over the past four years, the consumption figures have grown by almost 170,000 tonnes. The interior consumption of cheese is going to gradually increase the following year to reach 1.24 million tonnes.

The volume of cheese production in Russia is expected to total almost 970,000 tonnes this year, which ranks Russia third globally, but the volume of production has not increased YoY. Moreover, this indicator is forecasted to remain the same in 2020. Besides, it has been earlier reported that in Russia, food import still exceeds export.

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