Milk was one of the main foods hit by the 2020 pandemic. As schools and restaurants no longer needed it due to closures and reduced capacity, there was a surplus. This changed the market and the supply chain showed the effect, with rising costs and limited inventories.
As the dairy markets got into trouble, milk-based cheeses rose in price, as you probably noticed. Now, as a result of the cheese aging process, another change is coming.
Unlike fresher cheeses, such as mozzarella, which are going to the supermarket quite quickly, Parmesan cheese is only now starting to show a price increase. Because it takes longer for the cheese to ripen, the batches that were released in the late spring and early summer of 2020 (when the problems with the dairy supply were at their peak) are only now in stores.
This means that those supply chain problems will only now be reflected in the price tag. Eat This, Not That! spoke to Neil Cox, chief customer officer at Schuman Cheese, who predicted that the cost of Parmesan cheese will rise a total of $ 1.50 – $ 2.00 per pound, and 70-75 cents by April 2021.
If you’re a pasta lover who can’t resist a little shaved cheese on top of your dinner, you may want to make those dishes a lot now before prices soar.