October 24, 2011


The Global Retail Theft Barometer 2011 has found that cheese is the most stolen food item in the world, based on a survey of 1,187 retailers in 43 countries.

The study found that one of the reasons cheese is a frequent target for thieves is that it comes in “small, mobile formats that make it easy to conceal by thieves.”   Which only especially makes sense if the cheese of choice is the little soft triangles, made for kiddies.  

Cheese doesn't come in smaller or more mobile formats than, say - chocolate, or nuts, or 250 grams of shaved double smoked ham.

I once read that the most stolen item in Italy is Parmesan (or was it mozzarella?), which made sense (good Parmesan is expensive). 

In the past I've read, more than once, that razors are amongst the most frequently stolen items (perhaps it's still top of the list for stolen non-food items). 

But when it comes to food, according to the retail research, four per cent of the world's cheese ends up stolen.  

Who are the people stealing the cheese?


  1. Kraft: for krafty people.

  2. They should sell Edam in those waxed balls again so they're easier for the thieves to roll away.

  3. Anonymous5:32 PM



  4. A serious social issue and that's the best you guys can come up with?

    (I'd forgotten about those little red cheeses, which often had the mesh bag broken, for easy removal of individual cheeses, which I always assumed was some mother or father feeding her children while she shopped. If you eat the food while in the store, is it still theft?)

  5. Anonymous10:01 PM



  6. Anonymous10:11 PM

    "If you eat the food while in the store, is it still theft?"

    Nah, just ask the rats and mice.