Governor Jim Doyle announced yesterday that Wisconsin cheese production set a new record in 2006, producing nearly 2.5 billion pounds of cheese. And that cheese production in the state accounts for 26 percent of the national cheese market. 

Wisconsin’s growth is fueled by the increase in national demand for high-quality, specialty cheeses, and Wisconsin’s powerful dairy sector.  Specialty cheese production in Wisconsin grew by 26 million pounds, accounting for nearly 45 percent of the national specialty cheese market. 

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state economy,” Governor Doyle said.  “Everyone knows where the best cheese comes from. Our dairy industry and farm families are world famous for producing the best cheese – filling a national demand and keeping our economy strong.”

Today, more than 80 of the state’s 115 cheese plants make at least one type of specialty cheese, helping the specialty cheese sector account for 16 percent of the state's total cheese production.

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Wisbusiness press release