Cheese is the most popular burger topping

brger toppingsIt’s national burger day in the UK so we had a look at some cheesy burger research and, as we thought, cheese is consistently the favourite burger topping. There’s been several polls all in agreement at the collective love of cheese on burgers.

In 2015 a YouGov / huffington post poll in the US found that 86% of respondents like cheese burgers and 71% of respondents actually prefered cheese burgers.

The burger topping research from 2017 displayed on the right shows that again cheese is the favourite topping with 64% of respondents declaring cheese to be their favourite burger topping.

In July 2018 YouGov / M&S research found that cheese was the favourite topping:

“Looking at toppings, cheese topped the list with 54% of respondents citing it as essential for a home cooked burger, followed by onion, at 47%, lettuce, at 35%, tomato, at 30%, bacon, at 30% and gherkin, at 16%. One in 25 of respondents also said they opted for avocado, with one in ten Londoners choosing it as their favourite topper.”

View detailed results from the 2015 poll in the US here:

More information about the M&S research can be viewed here:

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Vote for your favourite Cheeseboard

“Cheeeseboarding” has become Instagram’s latest artistic trend with more than half a million posts using the #Cheeseboard hashtag.

Cheeseboards have really moved to another level. The Cheeseboards of Instagram are created artistically using the addition of fruits, meats, relishes and nuts and are imaginative and stunning. They are jam packed with exciting flavours, textures and colours to compliment the cheese. And it’s not just social media influencers and Instagram foodies who are indulging in cheeseboarding – The Telegraph newspaper reported last week that over 150 UK businesses are now offering beautiful decorative cheeseboards for special events.

We’ve been so impressed by the cheeseboards that we’ve seen on Instagram that we thought we’d celebrate them on our website by showcasing some of them and having a fun poll to see which our readers like best. We’ve picked six that we really like and invite you to vote for your favourite.

Which is your favourite Cheese Board?

Take a look at the six cheeseboards below and then vote for your favourite.

Board 1: @murrayscheese

Board 2: @uptonogoudaco

Board 3: @savor_style

Board 4: @_melihaomic_

Board 5: @grazehtx

Board 6: @fineoutfromage

Vote Now!

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Australian Cheese Consumer Research

grated cheeseA recent analysis of the Australian cheese consumer may offer insight into cheese consumers in other markets.

The market analysis was conducted by Roy Morgan, Australia’s best known and longest established market research company. The analysis compared data from 2016 to 2019. It found that Australia’s cheese market is growing with over 15 million Australians now buying cheese, up from just over 13 million three years ago. The marked increase in sales of Grated/Shredded Cheese and Sliced Cheese drove the growth in the cheese market.

Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan, said:

“Most cheese buyers are women who provide the bulk of custom for Blocked Cheese, Grated/ Shredded Cheese and Sliced Cheese but significant differences between cheese buyers emerge beneath that overlay.”

“Block Cheese buyers tend to be older than those buying Grated/Shredded or Sliced Cheese and more likely to be retired and living in an Older Household. Grated/Shredded cheese buyers enjoy going to professional sporting events… and consider magazines a good way to relax and unwind.

“Digging further into the types of brands people buy shows that Jarlsberg is a particular favourite of men, unlike many of its competitors which are usually bought by women. ‘Jarlsberg man’ is very well off compared to the average Australian, and other cheese buyers. He is well educated and in a good job earning good money and is someone you’re likely to catch reading the Australian Financial Review in his spare-time – or even at work.”

You can read more about this research by clicking here:

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Cheese in Souffle Leads to Controversy

souffleMarc Veyrat of La Maison des Bois has requested to be removed from the Michelin Guide following a row over the cheese that was used in his Souffle.

“They dared to say that we put cheddar in our souffle of reblochon, beaufort and tomme! They have insulted our region; my employees were furious,” Veyrat said, according to Le Monde.

However the Michelin guide has refused to remove the restaurant from the guide. Gwendal Poullennec, Michelin’s international chief, said, “If the establishment remains open and our inspectors mark its food as worthy of one of our distinctions we will continue to recommend it,” he said.

According to the Guardian, despite Veyrat’s anger at being accused of using cheddar, no mention is made in the guide of the variety of cheese used in the souffle.


Ingredient Solutions Ltd is a quality, BRC accredited, cheese supplier, providing innovative cheese ingredients to the food industry and exporting dairy products to over 30 countries. We are established as the premier supplier to many leading food companies in over 30 countries. Our cheese ingredients, including high quality cheddar cheese and mozzarella as well as speciality cheeses, are in products that appear on the shelves of supermarkets all over the world. Request a sample for your food business.

Eating dairy products reduces blood-pressure: New Research

dairy productsLast week new research was published into the effect of dairy consumption on the blood pressure of overweight middle-aged men and women.

Fifty-two people participated in the study.

There were two diets – the High Dairy Diet (HDD) and the Low Dairy Diet (LDD)

  • HDD (6 or 5 reduced-fat dairy portions for men and women, respectively)
  • LDD (≤1 dairy portion per day)

The participants ate each of the diets for six weeks and had their blood pressure tested at specific points during that period.

The results showed that an HDD results in a reduction of both systolic and diastolic BP in overweight middle-aged men and women.

The research was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
Effect of high compared with low dairy intake on blood pressure in overweight middle-aged adults: results of a randomized crossover intervention study
by Susan Rietsema, Coby Eelderink, Monica L Joustra, Iris M Y van Vliet, Marco van Londen, Eva Corpeleijn, Cecile M Singh-Povel, Jan M W Geurts, Jenny E Kootstra-Ros, Ralf Westerhuis, Gerjan Navis and Stephan J L Bakker

See the original research by clicking this link

Dairy Market Report 2019 Q2

Welcome everyone to our latest market update and as we enter the peak summer months it is fair to say we have entered a period of stability in the dairy industry. Prices have been generally steady through most of 2019 and milk volumes appear to be healthy (if nothing spectacular) at the moment so this should continue over the summer. The political situation has also stabilised in the last few months due to the Brexit deadline extension to October so this is a period of rare calm. I hope all of our customers have enjoyed a successful 2019 so far and we hope to have provided you with a consistent stream of supply so far this year.

butter in the dairy market
Butter prices have seen a significant fall
Demand for Mozzarella keeps increasing
Demand for Mozzarella keeps increasing
United States Dairy Market: Cheese Mountains
United States Dairy Market: Cheese Mountains
France, Protests about Camembert PDO status
France: Protests about Camembert PDO status

As we enter the summer flush period trading is calm and pricing is relatively static. However if we have learnt anything from the last few years it is don’t take anything for granted in the dairy industry. Buyers have been lulled into a false sense of security in the past and it would be foolish to bank on the current stalemate to last for too long. The current lull will be a concern to manufacturers but to put things into perspective the record high pricing of 2017 and 2018 was unprecedented so it isn’t a huge surprise to see a relative calm as the previous butter pricing was unsustainable for many large buyers. We are glad to have been able to offer our customers a period of stability as we realise the volatility of the recent past was very difficult to deal with at such short notice. We will keep everyone updated on any developments throughout the summer months and as always you can trust Ingredient Solutions to service your requirements no matter how difficult trading conditions are in the marketplace.

Yours Sincerely,
Ian Galletly

Butter prices have seen a significant fall

Butter pricing has been the driving force of the volatile dairy industry over the last few years so it is a good place to start with our current assessment. Butter prices have seen a significant fall since the start of the year. In January butter was trading at around the €4500/ton mark but today the price is around €3800/ton. Many observers believe that butter is over supplied in the marketplace at the moment as manufacturers anticipated another glut at the start of the year. This has resulted in the current situation of over- supply and buyers are not under any pressure to commit to large volumes in a falling market.

butter pricesThe dramatic increase of butter prices since Q1 2017 caused major volatility across all sectors so this current contrast has brought calm to most cheese prices. There has been minimal movement on Cheddar prices since the start of 2019 with a slight increase of €50-100/ton on Mild White & Red Cheddar. Most other cheese prices have also remained static since start of the year but Mozzarella has again been an exception due to high demand across the globe putting supply under pressure. The increase in price has not been as dramatic as previous years but Mozzarella prices have risen by around €250/ton since January so it’s still very significant in comparison to the rest of the market.

The demand for Mozzarella keeps increasing

The demand for Mozzarella keeps increasing as the global appetite for pizza especially shows no sign of slowing down. Even large manufacturers in Europe are finding it difficult to sustain the global demand so there are plans in place from some of the major players to increase their capacity. Glanbia’s proposed new Mozzarella plant for Portlaoise in the Irish midlands received a major boost in March as an objection to the new plant was withdrawn. Glanbia is Europe’s leading Mozzarella manufacturer and the new plant will have a capacity of 45,000 tons per year once opened. This will add significant volume for the biggest producer in Europe and will be a big boost to sustaining demand. Glanbia hope to open the plant in 2020.

mozzarella cheese suppliersAnother big move in the Mozzarella market was announced by another major Irish producer Carbery who have also announced plans for expanding their current plant in Cork. There are looking to invest up to €80m to facilitate Mozzarella production. Carbery are a major supplier of Cheddar to the UK so with Brexit looming this is a move to diversify away from the UK market and expand into Europe and further afield. There will be extra capacity to process up to 4 million litres of milk per day and the scale of this operation should also be able to alleviate some of the pressure on Mozzarella supply. Carbery already have significant presence across the global market with their famous Dubliner brand sold all over the world. It will be interesting to see how their entry into the competitive Mozzarella market will fare and if it will help tip the scales of the supply-demand dynamic.

France: Protests about Camembert PDO status

There have been major protests in France and this time it’s not the gilets jaunes that authorities need to be worried about! This time the protests have been about the much loved iconic French Camembert cheese. It was announced that mass produced Camembert which most consumers across the continent are familiar with has been granted PDO status.

Image from the Guardian newspaper article
Traditionally produced Camembert in the Normandy region was the only Camembert bestowed with this honour before the announcement. This product is manufactured with unpasteurised milk and supply also needs to come from a defined region of Normandy. This move infuriated traditionalists in the Normandy milk producing region and protests occurred outside the Assemblee Nationale with some even going as far as posting highly mature fragrant cheese through the letterboxes of politicians involved in the announcement! The French market had significant amount of cheese manufactured with unpasteurised milk in the past but this is declining rapidly to reflect changing consumer trends towards pasteurised product.

United States Dairy Market: Cheese Mountains

In contrast to the European market which is often under supplied in recent years there are reports coming from the United States where there are significant stocks of cheese waiting to be moved due to lack of demand.

dairy farm in USAAmerican farmers have struggled in recent years with low milk prices due to high demand and this has caused over production. Consumers are also moving away from American processed cheese which satisfied the demand of most of the market in the past. Consumers are now trying European cheese and are finding it is appealing to their palate in contrast to the flavour disparity with processed cheese. Of course politics has also played a part in this dilemma as the Trump government implemented tariffs against Canada, China & Mexico’s dairy goods which prompted retaliatory measures. These were key export markets for the US so as long as these tariffs are in place it is hard to see the situation changing soon.

There are reports of cheese mountains sitting in storage across the US and key production regions such as Wisconsin are already feeling the pain.

Instagram’s Favourites contain Cheese Ingredients

instagram's favourite foodsCheese ingredients were contained in most of the top dishes in research conducted by Gousto into instagram’s favourite foods.

Gousto is a recipe box company. In the international listings Pizza was the number one food photographed food, followed by hamburgers. Oozing melted cheese is a major feature of these delicious dishes.

In Europe the top spot was taken by colourful sweet French Macarons with all four of the next five being products which include cheese ingredients – Pesto, Fondue, Feta Cheese and Raclette.

Click here to read the whole article on Gousto.


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