2017 has been a fantastic year in the world of cheese, more people than ever are eating cheese, and the variety available is growing all the time. So how can 2017 be topped? We take a look at our cheesy predictions for 2018, and what we should expect from the cheese world over the next 12 months.
Free from cheeses will grow
The past few years has seen a significant growth in food products aimed at those with certain food intolerances; supermarket shelves are now packed with gluten free, wheat free and dairy free options. Therefore, we expect to see a growth in demand for dairy free, or lactose free cheeses in the coming year with more variety of flavours on offer than those currently on shelves, so that more people can enjoy the delicious flavour of cheese.
Unusual cheese flavoured products
Our next prediction will not be for everyone, but 2017 was the year that ‘cheese tea’ was introduced to the world. Originating in China, cheese tea has become popular across Asian tea houses and has even reach the U.S. We think this will trigger many more unusual cheese pairings in the coming year and we are looking forward to seeing what’s next!
Alcohol flavoured cheese made its debut this year, with Prosecco and Gin cheese varieties hitting the shelves. Our cheese makers here at JS Bailey believe that this will kickstart the production of a whole range of alcohol flavoured cheese treats. So, what could be next? Whisky cheese? Vodka cheese? It seems as though JS Bailey have been ahead of the trends, as we already offer ‘cheddar and cider’ within our handmade cheese flavoured range.
Traditional flavours remain on top
There is no doubt about it that despite all the introduction of new flavours all the time, including the more unusual ones, traditional flavours such as, Cheddar, double Gloucester and Stilton will remain on top as some of the nation’s favourite flavours. Although we may see more and more traditional flavours mixed with others; this year, for example, one of our most popular cheese has been cheddar and caramelised onion.
With 2018 looking to be another great year for the cheese world, ensure your fully stocked up on the most popular flavours, order your cheese stock today with J.S. Bailey.