Global Cheese Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Cheese Market is segmented by Type (Mozzarella cheese, Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Others); by Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, and Others); and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

Global Cheese Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 6.8 %

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Market Overview

The global cheese market is growing at a CAGR of 6.8% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

  • The market for cheese is driven by the increased awareness of good sources of nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12, which is vital for building strong bones and certain high-quality proteins that provide essential building blocks for strong muscles. In addition, the rising influence of western cuisines and inflating disposable incomes and introducing a number of flavored cheese products including pepper, garlic, red chili flakes, and oregano pickle, which cater to the different tastes and preferences of consumers globally. In the segmentation font by category, animal sources cheese accounts for the largest share.
  • However, certain factors  affecting the market growth are the presence of government regulations in different countries for lowering the sodium content of food products.

Scope of the Report

The global cheese market has been segmented by type into mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and others. By the distribution channel, the market is segmented into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty stores, and other distribution channels. Also, the study provides an analysis of the cheese market in the emerging and established markets across the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

By Type
Mozzarella Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Other Cheese
By Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Specialty Stores
Other Distribution Channels
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand For Processed Cheese

Demand for the use of processed cheese such as Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano has increased in the recent years owing to the factors such as enhanced shelf-life of the product, attractive flavor profile of processed cheese and versatility it offers at a much economical price point than other types of cheese present in the market. Due to the unique flavor profile of processed cheese, it is also utilized in local cuisines apart from its regular application in fast food products. Also, the rise in private labels in developing countries, along with demand for western cuisine has boosted the processed cheese demand in the market. In addition, with the increasing internet penetration, the online market for the purchase of food items including cheese has seen rapid growth globally in the last 3-4 years.This category has attracted a few vertical specialists like Amazon, Walmart, Carrefour, etc. who are riding on increasing e-retailing growth and vying for a significant pie in online cheese space.

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North America Is The Fastest Growing Region

The North America region is the fastest-growing region in the market owing to the increasing disposable income and expansions of domestic companies. For instance, Canada’s one largest hamburgers chain, A&W recently announced its decision to cut processed cheese from all its restaurant menus and replace it with real, high-quality Cheddar cheese made from 100 percent Canadian milk, due to the increasing demand to cut away from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and shifting preference for organically produced cheese.

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Competitive Landscape

The global cheese market is highly competitive and fragmented in nature owing to the presence of many regional and domestic players. Emphasis is given on the merger, expansion, acquisition, and partnership of the companies along with new product development as strategic approaches adopted by the leading companies to boost their brand presence among consumers. Key players dominating the market include The Kraft Heinz Company, Almarai, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Britannia Industries, Arla Foods, and GCMMF (Amul) among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Mozzarella Cheese

      2. 5.1.2 Cheddar Cheese

      3. 5.1.3 Parmesan Cheese

      4. 5.1.4 Other Cheese

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Specialty Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 The Kraft Heinz Company

      2. 6.4.2 Almarai

      3. 6.4.3 Associated Milk Producers Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Britannia Industries

      5. 6.4.5 Arla Foods

      6. 6.4.6 GCMMF (Amul)

      7. 6.4.7 The Bel Group

      8. 6.4.8 Bletsoe Cheese

      9. 6.4.9 Savencia SA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cheese Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Cheese Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.8% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

The Kraft Heinz Company, Almarai, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Britannia Industries, Arla Foods, GCMMF (Amul) are the major companies operating in Cheese Market.

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