Mozzarella brings Camembert down from the throne of soft cheeses in France.
French appetites may change when it comes to soft cheeses, with Italian mozzarella overtaking Camembert for the first time.
Made in Italy dairy product ousted typical Norman cheese as a bestseller in France, reports Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Camembert overturned with mozzarella, the undisputed king of French cheeses for a long time, according to sales figures from January to September 2021.
The news was reported by the French newspaper Le Figaro, citing data from the Syndicat Normand des Fabricants de Camemberts (SNFC) which revealed that from the beginning of this year until September 11, there were 29,230 tonnes of Camembert sold in France against 33,170 tonnes of mozzarella.
SNFC President Farbrice Collier said Le Figaro that for the first time, “the curve for camembert sales, which regularly decreases by 3% per year, has fallen below that for mozzarella sales, which is recording annual growth of 5%”.
Collier explains that although both products are considered soft cheeses, Camembert has a more pronounced taste and is best suited for cutting boards and dishes, eaten in restaurants or in more formal meals at home.
Mozzarella, on the other hand, is fresher and more versatile – it can be used in cooking or on pizza – and is suitable for quick meals to prepare while being considered more trendy.
Collier says that in the 1980s, France produced “180,000 tonnes of Camembert, part of which was exported, twice as much as it is today.”
This is to be compared to the success of mozzarella, the most exported Italian cheese in the world, with more than 107,000 tonnes of exports in 2020 according to data from the dairy industry association Assolatte.