(Food-Beverage-News.Com, October 24, 2019 ) Market Overview: Cheese is a dairy product made from the milk of cows, buffalo, sheep, goat and other mammals. It is rich in protein, calcium, and vitamins. Cheese is a major accompaniment to foods like burgers, pizza, Mexican dishes, salad, and sandwiches. The health benefits associated with the consumption of cheese includes improved bone and dental health, low blood pressure, and healthy weight.
Currently, the cheese market is shifting towards production of specialty cheese, artisan cheese, and farmstead cheese to meet the consumer requirements across the globe. The market is also experiencing significant demand for hot cheese, clothbound cheddar, marinated fresh cheese, flavored cheese, and many others.
Market Dynamics: The development of specialty cheese with high nutritional content and long shelf life is resulting in significant growth of packaged sales across the globe. The use of cheese surged in household food preparations, particularly across Europe and North America owing to the consumer demand for dairy formulations. Major food processors are highly interested towards use of cheese as an ingredient in broad range of recipes including pizza, burgers, pasta, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, breads, soups, and sauces. Cheese is used as a topping in pizza, sauces in pasta, fillings in appetizers, and slices in hamburgers. Increased consumption of cheese across food manufacturing, food service, and catering service is another factor contributing to the growth of cheese market globally.
However, presence of health risks associated with consumption of cheese such as breast cancer, heart attacks, and respiratory issues is the major factor hindering the growth of cheese market globally.
Market Segmentation: Cheese Market is segmented into various types such as fresh cheese, soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, hard cheese, blue cheese and others. Semi-soft cheese segment is dominating the Cheese Market owing to the popularity and consumption of Mozzarella cheese across the globe.
Mozzarella is a southern Italian cheese derived from Buffalo milk and is used widely in pizza and lasagna preparations owing to its stretching property. Mozzarella is also used as filling in sandwiches and can also be eaten fresh with seasonings. The rising demand for pizza and sandwiches and the growing food service industry is likely to surge the utilization of mozzarella cheese in future.
According to United States Department of Agriculture, per capita consumption of Mozzarella increased from 10.66 pounds in 2007 to 11.57 pounds in 2017 in U.S.
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Geographical Analysis: Geographically, the market is divided into North America, Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa.
North America is dominating the Cheese Market owing to consumer appetite towards cheese in the U.S. and Canada. According to the data published in USDA Dairy consumption, the per capita consumption of Cheese in the U.S. increased from 38.5 pounds in 2016 to 39 pounds in 2017. The annual growth of cheese consumption in the country can be attributable to the shift in consumer preference towards prepared food. The demand for cheese is significantly increasing in both household and food service applications. The high acceptance rate of ethnic cooking such as Italian and Mexican foods in U.S. households led to the growth in utilization of cheese.
China is expected to the largest market for cheese by the end of 2025 owing to the surging demand for cheese and cheese-based products such as pasta, cheeseburgers, pizza and cheesecakes in the country.
Competitive Analysis: Some of the key players in the Cheese Market includes Bega Cheese Ltd, Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd., Saputo Inc., Parag Milk Foods and Almarai.
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