Say cheese, American. The United States enjoys its largest cheese surplus in more than 1
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The report on cold storage notes that America piled 1.385 billion pounds of cheese, the largest sum since records began in 1917, WXYZ reported.
That's an increase of 6 percent over 2017, the Washington Post reported. It is also 16 percent higher, as a previous surplus in 2016 made a federal cheese purchase necessary.
The surplus was caused by too much milk for the milk processors, the post reported.
"I assume that we will continue to keep these records," said John Newton, director of market research for the American Farm Bureau Federation, opposite the Post. "We produce more milk, it is inevitable, this milk needs to be turned into something storable."
The lowest inventory was in 1918, the USDA said, when there were 23 million pounds of cheese.
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