From mozzarella to gorgonzola, today we celebrate the gooey goodness of a food with a rich history that dates back to around 8000 B.C. Like many foods, cheese’s invention was stumbled upon due to the natural curdling process of milk that produced the earliest forms. Who knew the word curdle would produce one of the most delicious pizza staples in the world? We don’t really know for sure who invented National Cheese Pizza Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 5, but the LloydPans innovation team agrees that any day there’s an excuse to grab a cheesy pie is cause for celebration.
Cheese on pizza consists of an endless array of varieties, and countries around the world are inventing new ones faster than we can sink our teeth into a slice. Oldest varieties can be dated back to cheddar, gouda, parmesan and camembert, thanks to the European Middle Ages. Mass production, according to The Spruce Eats, began around 1815 in Switzerland when the first cheese factory was built. Pasteurization of course made cheese making safer, and then the Americans offered up the Industrial Revolution — and along with that came processed cheese around World War II. Now, we’re in an era of handmade, artisanal cheese, a full circle cheese making concept that harkens back to small farmers and creameries trying their hands at churning out delicious homemade cheese.
Innovation never stops, even in the cheese making world. Just this week Dairy Reporter announced an increased demand in pizza which in turn is accelerating pasta filata production. It’s the “largest, fastest growing segment and most globally widespread cheese type, accounting for 25% of cheese produced globally. Bloomberg says pasta filata, which is a stretched curd cheese manufactured by plasticising and kneading fresh cured in hot water, will reach approximately $88.85 billion by 2027, driven primarily by food service. Pasta filata’s browning can be tailored to the type of cheese that’s baked on top of food service pizzas, a sure way to satisfy consumers even more with an appealing aesthetic.
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