Greek feta cheese exports to the U.S. jumped 87.1 percent in the first quarter this year, bringing in revenues of $5.039 million compared to last year’s $2.693 million for the same period, although the famous product of Greece is only third in America in the feta market.
According to the National Cheese Institute, Greek feta cheese sales in major super market chains in the U.S. reached 8,000 tons in 2011, with a total value of $171.7 million. The majority of the sales concerns feta cheese produced and consumed in Greece.
The US market features different companies selling Greek feta cheese, such as Athenos (a subsidiary of Kraft Foods based in Wisconsin,) Boar’s Head and Klondike Cheese of Monroe. Popular Greek-American companies active in domestic feta cheese production and sale are, among others, Krinos, Fantis Foods, Kontos Foods, Altamira Foods and Boboris Imports. Feta imports in the U.S. in the first quarter this year increased by 21 percent, while imports rose by 19.7 percent.