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Cheese consumption hits record level

The amount of cheese eaten in Switzerland in 2008 equalled a record of 21.17 kilograms for each Swiss resident, an industry report revealed on Friday.

The increase of 430g per person was largely down to more imports – domestic cheese consumption rose by a mere ten grams.

Semi-hard cheeses were most popular, notching up a 5.4 per cent increase, followed by cream and soft cheeses, both up 1.3 per cent.

Sales of hard cheeses on the other hand fell by 1.9 per cent.

The Swiss Farmers' Association and Swiss milk producers said on Friday that mozzarella was in pole position on the cheese charts, with the equivalent of 2.4kg of the product being eaten by every Swiss.

This was followed by Gruyère AOC and Raclette. The year's biggest loser was Emmental, sales of which plummeted by more than 27 per cent.

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