May 03, 2012

The Most Shoplifted Food In The World? That's Right, "Cheese."

The First WorldWide Shrinkage Survey is not about taking a scientific approach to a Seinfeld plot line. Instead, it measures shoplifting around the globe. "Shrinkage," in retail parlance, is when people take things from stores without paying for them. And according to their study, the most shoplifted item in the world in 2011 was cheese.

Close behind that came fresh meat and candy. Infant formula also made the list.

Are the cheese purloiners just big lacto-philes? Nope.

"It's not just grannies saying, 'I need some cheese I'll just go and steal it'," Dr. Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research. "A lot of the theft is for resale and a lot of this cheese will be resold into other markets or to restaurants."

Cheese carries a lot of value in a compact package. It's small, easy to slip into a pocket, and it's not traceable. Just peel off the cheesemonger's sticker and you're in business.

That's why Munir Ahadi, of Fresh Express Fine Foods, does what he does. He told that he keeps his cheese in the middle of the store, where they are watched by a video camera and are lit by strategically placed bright lights to dissuade shoplifters.


  1. I betcha Limburger cheeze seldom gets shoplifted.

  2. Tatiana CovingtonMay 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Don't cut the cheese.

  3. Cheese ? Isn't this one of the most readily available food products for people using food programs, WIC for example ? Remember all those jokes about "government cheese" and how there was so much of it and nobody wanted it ? I guess some people do.

    P.S. Ken I haz cheezburger pleez ? Meow. Maybe it is the cat burglars.

  4. Stealing cheese is considered refreshing news?

  5. Hey, Put that back, that's nacho cheese.

  6. In my Local Supermarket some people open phensics packets remove the tablets and put it back half empty - it does not surprise me what people do .......Cheese...........its just goes to show people Anyway....

    Whom did the cheesy Bible start with? Edam and Eve

    What is the name of the country near Iraq that is made entirely of cheese? Curd-istan

    What did the piece of Cheddar say to the ghost? I'm Lac-ghost intolerant

    I'm away to the supermarket I fancy a Big Cheese sandwitch - God Bless

  7. They price cheese out of reach of many people then wind up getting rid of most of it in the garbage. Would it not make more sense to lower the price and sell more?

  8. Who moved my cheese?