Artisan Cheeses in Missouri Retail Grocers' Perceptions
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The sales potential for artisan cheeses appears promising in Missouri. Artisan cheeses are becoming more popular among consumers, many of whom desire handcrafted cheeses that are more complex in taste and variety. These cheeses are aged and ripened to achieve the perfect flavor. Domestically, specialty cheese consumption is on the rise, with local markets appearing ripe for artisan cheese. About 50 percent of consumers either already eat artisan cheeses or are interested in doing so.