“We’re getting cheese stuffed in the pizza crust; Taco Bell has the new ‘Quesalupa,’ which has more cheese in it. It’s going into burgers. Americans are consuming about three pounds per person more cheese this year,” Tom Bailey, U.S. dairy expert for Rabobank International told KCBS. That adds up to more than 37 pounds of cheese consumer per person, per year on average.READ MORE: FAA Plan To Shift Air Traffic Patterns Over East Bay Gets Dropped Following Outcry
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“We’ve also seen weak demand from developing markets, to China and Russia being the first and second largest importers of product. So, we’ve had too much milk, and we haven’t really had anywhere to send it,” Bailey said.
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“Only about three to five percent of this cheese is imported,” Bailey said.