Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history. There is no conclusive evidence indicating where cheese-making originated, but archaeological studies have shown the origin of cheese dates as far back as 6,000 BC.
There are more than 2,000 varieties of cheese available worldwide. Mozzarella is the favorite around the globe, and the most consumed. Worldwide cheese production is higher than the combined global production of coffee, tobacco, tea, and cocoa beans.
Pizza Hut is the largest cheese-using fast food giant. It gets through approximately 300 million pounds of cheese annually, mostly on pizza.
The Greeks are the largest consumers of cheese in the world, mostly of feta (three quarters of the total). The French, who are the second largest cheese-eaters, prefer Emmental and Camembert.
Czechs consume, on average, more than 16kg of cheese a year, up from around 9kg two decades ago. Fried cheese is one of the favorite dishes in the Czech Republic.
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