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The cheddar & parmesan cheese segments are the highest growing product type in the global market, owing to preference of consumers to natural food products. In addition, the European cheese market is quite mature and have the lowest CAGR among other regions, thus, cheese suppliers over there should remake their business models and find new opportunities for the growth of the market.

The Global Cheese Market was valued at $136,283 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $164,338 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 2.7% from 2017 to 2023. The natural cheese type accounted for more than 70% of the global market in 2016.

Cheese is a dairy product rich in several milk fats, vitamins, and minerals, prepared by coagulation of milk proteins, separation of whey, and subsequent ripening. Milk is the major raw material used in preparation of cheese, which is reduced to one-tenth of its volume after the formation of final product. It is manufactured in variety of shapes, textures, and flavors based on the country or region where it is produced. According to types it consists of different proportions of fats and proteins. The animals whose milk are used during cheese-making include cows, buffaloes, goats, and sheep. Moreover, cheese comes in various forms, namely, hard, semi-hard, soft, and fresh. In addition, cheese offers several health benefits such as lower blood pressure, facilitated absorption of minerals via digestive tract, stronger bone & teeth, prevention of heart disease & osteoporosis, and others.

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In 2016, North America and Europe collectively accounted for more than 70% of the global cheese market with lesser CAGR compared to other regions, but are expected to retain more than 70% share till 2023. This is due to high per capita consumption of cheese in different countries of these regions and already established fast food restaurant chains. Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at the highest rate followed by LAMEA, owing to increase in urbanization coupled with rise in disposable income.

Major Company Profiled are:

  • Arla Foods
  • Bel Group
  • Fonterra Food
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Lactalis Group
  • Britannia Industries Limited
  • Associated Milk Producers Inc.
  • Saputo Inc.
  • Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.

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The global cheese market was mainly occupied by North America and Europe with a share of almost 80% in 2016. At the moment, the market is driven by a large number of fast restaurants (QSRs) in the developed regions and the growth in the number of QSRs in developing countries. Regions. In addition, extended shelf life of cheese products, increase in disposable income and a strong increase in demand for high-protein foods. However, growth in obesity and rising health awareness in adults, unhealthy additives and ingredients in processed cheese and perishable nature of cheese products are expected to impede market growth during the forecast period. In addition, the evolving market for low-fat cheese and various innovations to improve cheese flavor and quality offer new opportunities.

The natural cheese segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR throughout the analysis period, due to high health benefits, negligible use of harmful preservative or artificial additives, and superior quality as compared to processed cheese. The raw materials employed in making the natural cheese include cultured milk, salt, enzymes, and natural colors for orange cheddars.

In 2016, the cheddar cheese segment occupied the major market in terms of revenue, and is expected to maintain this trend during the forecast period, owing to the increase in inclination of consumers toward nature-based products and absence of harmful additives in cheddar. The supermarkets and hypermarkets are the main distribution channels responsible for high sales of cheese in the global market due to convenience for customers in selecting the desired variety. In 2016, Europe dominated the global cheese market with more than half of the share due to high demand in France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, and other countries. In addition, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness highest growth rate during the forecast period, owing to rapid expansion in QSRs offering variable cuisines with large amount of cheese such as macaroni, pasta, burger, pizza, and others.

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Key Findings of the Cheese Market:

  • The natural cheese market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 2.1%, in terms of volume, during the forecast period.
  • The convenience and specialty stores segments are anticipated to be the fastest developing distribution channels, terms of value, growing at a CAGR of 1.9% and 3.2% respectively, from 2017 to 2023.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 4.2% from 2017 to 2023.
  • The cow milk segment occupied more than 80% share in the global market in 2016 and is anticipated to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.
  • The cheddar cheese product segment accounted for the major market share in 2016, and is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR of 2.6% in terms of volume.

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