Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories on the increased importance of dairy exports.
Xiaoming Liu recalls the first time she saw cheese and crackers being served at a party. It was back in 2001, while she was working on her Ph.D degree in food science at
Sure, some pizza was served in her native
Today, you can go into modern grocery stores in
The recent Olympic Games in
Price still a hurdle
The recent scandal in
Prior to the melamine scandal, dairy officials pointed to price as the main barrier to cheese consumption.
“The major factor that hinders cheese consumption is price, not flavor or something else,” said Song Lun Gang, chairman of the China Dairy Industry Association.
That 16-slice package is at least $2 higher than it would be in many
Despite these concerns, cheese consumption should go up over the next few years — it has to, considering the fact the Chinese are pretty much starting from stratch. In 2004, per-capita cheese consumption in
Cheese consumption in
As foreigners converged on
Often, the host country pays greater attention to these things than the other participating countries.
Cheese consumption increased dramatically in Japan after it hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, Chan says. And, the same thing happened in South Korea after hosting the summer games in 1988.