West Country English Farmhouse Cheddar
Cheddar is the most popular type of cheese in the UK. It accounts for 51 percent of the country’s £1.9 billion annual cheese market. Cheddar is also the second-most-popular cheese in the U.S.A. (behind mozzarella). Cheddar cheese has an average annual consumption of 10 lb (4.5 kg) per capita. The United States produced 3,233,380,000 lb (1,443,470 long tons; 1,466,640 tonnes) in 2010. Earlier, the UK produced 258,000 long tons (262,000 tons) in 2008.
The term “Cheddar cheese” is widely used, but has no Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) within the European Union. However, only Cheddar produced from local milk within four counties of South West England may use the name “West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.” Cheddar produced in Orkney is registered as protected geographical indication (PGI) under the name “Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar.”