Non-Dairy Cheese Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Report Covers Global Non-Dairy Cheese Market Analysis and is segmented by Source (Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Other Sources); by Product Type (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Cheddar, and Other Product Types); by Distribution Channel (Specialty stores, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Store, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channels); and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa). The report offers the market size and values in (USD million) during the forecasted years for the above segments.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Size

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR 8.10 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Non-Dairy Cheese Market Analysis

The non-dairy cheese market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period.

The growing awareness regarding animal cruelty and the negative impacts on the environment caused by the dairy industry has encouraged consumers to opt for plant-based cheese products. The gaining popularity of the vegan diet and increasing incidences of lactose intolerance have driven the market and will continue to do so in the near future. Increased health consciousness among consumers, dietary restrictions, and the popularity of veganism have led to a global demand for non-dairy cheese products.

The growing prevalence of milk allergies and lactose intolerance in children and the middle-aged has increased demand for alternative dairy cheese products.As per the data from the Cleveland Clinic, in the United States, more than 30 million people are lactose intolerant, which shows that Americans prefer to consume plant-based vegan cheese products, thus accelerating the growth of the non-dairy cheese market.

The food service industry has been significantly contributing to the growth of the vegan cheese market as hotels, restaurants, and fast food outlets are labeling their products with vegan cheese and also serving food with vegan cheese appetizers. Furthermore, growth in urbanized and millennial populations, which are potential and targeted consumer groups, is one of the major influencing factors for product growth.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Non-Dairy Cheese Market according to our research experts:

Growing Demand for Plant-Based Cheese Owing to Increased Lactose Intolerance

Congenital lactase deficiency or lactose intolerance is a condition wherein the small intestine becomes ineffective in terms of making the enzyme lactase digest or metabolize lactose. Transferring undigested lactose to the large intestine can result in severe health issues whose initial symptoms are gastric problems, diarrhea, and bloating. According to the World Population Review in 2023, about 65% of the adult human population has this type of lactose intolerance. In recent years, the demand for non-dairy cheese and other lactose-free products has gone up a lot. This is because lactose intolerance is becoming more common in many parts of the world.

Consumers are considering a vegan diet as a sustainable and healthy choice. Thus, it has gained popularity in recent years. The rising concerns of consumers toward animal products due to ethical reasons are leading to the consumption of healthier and cleaner products, which will boost the non-dairy cheese market. The key players in the market are investing a huge amount in research and development and focusing on product innovations and product launches as per the trending preferences of customers. For instance, in July 2021, Upfield launched the vegan cheese brand Violife in the Middle East. The brand is a lactose- and allergen-free dairy substitute that would be available in slices, boxes, and grated form in two flavors: cheddar and mozzarella.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market : Population with Lactose Intolerance, in 6, By Country, Global, 2022

North America Dominates the Market

North America dominates the non-dairy cheese market as a high percentage of the lactose-intolerant population is present, with an emerging trend for vegan food preferences. North America is an attractive market as a shift in consumer preference has been observed in the last few years owing to the growing veganism trend in the region. As veganism is gaining popularity in the North American region, various giant food manufacturers have started incorporating dairy substitutes into their cheese product lines. According to Plant Proteins.Co., by 2022, approximately 6% of US consumers will be vegan, a 6x (500%) increase from just 1% in 2014.

North Americans are highly conscious of their health and wellness. Thus, plant-based cheese is also served in bakeries, fast-food cafes, and restaurants. Moreover, North America is anticipated to grow significantly during the forecast period due to the popularity of plant-based cheese and the growing awareness among consumers concerning the unmatched benefits offered by plant-based dairy products, thus driving the growth of the non-dairy cheese market in the region.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market : Market CAGR, (%), By Region, Global, 2022

Non-Dairy Cheese Industry Overview

Some major key players in the non-dairy cheese market include Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Daiya Foods Inc.), GreenVie Foods, Saputo Inc., Upfield Holdings B.V., and Unibel SA. The key brands in the non-dairy cheese market are highly competitive. Several small- and large-scale manufacturers are embarking on mergers and acquisitions and new product innovations to consolidate and optimize their offerings. For instance, in April 2021, Unibel Group launched Nurishh, its first 100% plant-based brand. With this expansion, the company hopes to gain as much market share as possible in the plant-based dairy alternatives market. The online retailing platform also plays a significant role in accelerating the growth of the non-dairy cheese market. Furthermore, advanced manufacturing expertise and distribution networks give manufacturers an advantage in expanding their product range globally.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Leaders

  1. Otsuka Holdings Co, Ltd. (Daiya Foods Inc.)

  2. GreenVie Foods

  3. Saputo Inc.

  4. Upfield Holdings B.V.

  5. Unibel SA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Non-Dairy Cheese Market News

  • November 2022: Kraft Heinz launched plant-based cheese slices. The dairy-free cheese slices were available in three flavors: American, cheddar, and provolone; they will be sold in the Cleveland area.
  • August 2022: Saputo Inc. recognized the opportunity in the vegan cheese space and made strategic investments in the United Kingdom to prime itself for bringing vegan cheese to the marketplace. Saputo Cheese USA Inc., Lincolnshire, Ill., brought the Vitalite brand of plant-based, vegan-certified, dairy-free cheese from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • May 2021: Saputo announced that it purchased Bute Island Foods, the manufacturer and marketer of a number of plant-based cheese brands under its brand Sheese. Sheese was first launched on the market in 1988 as a soy-based product and is now known for its coconut oil-based vegan cheese products.

Non-Dairy Cheese Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumption and Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 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 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Soy Milk

      2. 5.1.2 Almond Milk

      3. 5.1.3 Coconut Milk

      4. 5.1.4 Other Sources

    2. 5.2 Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 Mozzarella

      2. 5.2.2 Parmesan

      3. 5.2.3 Cheddar

      4. 5.2.4 Other Product Types

    3. 5.3 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Specialty Stores

      2. 5.3.2 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      3. 5.3.3 Convenience Store

      4. 5.3.4 Online Retail Stores

      5. 5.3.5 Other Distribution Channels

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Otsuka Holdings Co, Ltd. (Daiya Foods Inc.)

      2. 6.3.2 GreenVie Foods

      3. 6.3.3 Upfield Holdings B.V.

      4. 6.3.4 Saputo Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Angel Food

      6. 6.3.6 Happy Cheeze GmbH (Dr Mannah's)

      7. 6.3.7 Tofutti Brands Inc.

      8. 6.3.8 Unibel SA

      9. 6.3.9 WayFare Health Foods

      10. 6.3.10 The Kraft Heinz Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

Non-Dairy Cheese Industry Segmentation

Non-dairy cheeses are 100% animal-free and made using vegetable proteins. The global non-dairy cheese market is segmented by source, product type, distribution channel, and geography. On the basis of source, the market is segmented into soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and other sources. On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, and other product types. By distribution channel, the market is segmented into supermarkets and hypermarkets, specialty stores, convenience stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. By geography, the study provides an analysis of the non-dairy cheese market in emerging and established markets across the world, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

Soy Milk
Almond Milk
Coconut Milk
Other Sources
Product Type
Other Product Types
Distribution Channel
Specialty Stores
Convenience Store
Online Retail Stores
Other Distribution Channels
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Non-Dairy Cheese Market Research FAQs

The Non-Dairy Cheese Market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Otsuka Holdings Co, Ltd. (Daiya Foods Inc.), GreenVie Foods, Saputo Inc., Upfield Holdings B.V. and Unibel SA are the major companies operating in the Non-Dairy Cheese Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the North America accounts for the largest market share in the Non-Dairy Cheese Market.

Non-Dairy Cheese Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Non-Dairy Cheese market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Non-Dairy Cheese analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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