Foreign Cheese Firms Big Slice of China's Market
In China, the growing influence of Western diet and lifestyle is leading to a changing palate. Cheese, once eaten by few Chinese, is experiencing somewhat of a boom, and the world's biggest cheese companies are in fierce competition for a share of its growing market.
China's cheese market is booming as more diners in the nation take their first bite of this still relative newcomer to their palates, offering golden opportunities to cheese producers across the globe. The nation's cheese imports totaled $139.26 million in 2011, up from $105.45 million in the previous year, and $69.77 million in 2009, according to the Italian Trade Commission.