For almost a century, the majority of cheese made in the U.S. was American cheese.
Specifically, cheddar cheese — which hails from Vermont and Wisconsin — was king. It’s the cheese that’s produced more than three times as much as other American cheeses, according to Quartz.
However, since the 1960s, Italian cheese production has spiked in the U.S. And in 2010, mozzarella production eclipsed cheddar.
Now, eight years later, mozzarella has such a firm grip on the industry that Italian cheese is the new American cheese.
Why did the shift occur? That’s easy: pizza’s massive popularity propelled the increase in mozzarella production. Continue reading at Quartz.com.