America’s Dairyland finding new markets with Hispanic cheeses

English: Queso fresco - an unaged white cheese...

English: Queso fresco – an unaged white cheese originating in Spain and now common in Mexico and other countries in the Americas. Thsi version is made by Rancho Grande, of San Jose, California, U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twenty years ago, when Wisconsin first started tracking its Hispanic cheese production, cheesemakers in the state were turning out a modest 9 million pounds.

That number has increased dramatically every year since. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, in 2012 the state produced 65.6 million pounds.

Led by basic queso fresco and queso blanco, a list of 18 varieties of Hispanic cheese is now tracked by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

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