Cheese is a nutritious and versatile dairy food which contains a high concentration of essential nutrients relative to its energy level. Its specific nutritional composition is determined by multifactorial parameters, including the type of milk used (species, breed, stage of lactation, and fat content) and the manufacturing and ripening procedures. In general, cheese is rich in the fat and casein constituents of milk, which are preserved in the curd during manufacturing. It contains relatively small amounts of the water-soluble constituents (whey proteins, lactose, and water-soluble vitamins), which partition mainly into the whey.
Cheese continues to be a popular addition to everyday diet, due to the high amount of protein, calcium, minerals and vitamins. The consumption of cheese, over the years, has improved significantly across the world and subsequently the art of cheese making has now evolved into a lucrative business.
The global cheese market is projected to grow substantially over the forecast period. Increasing urbanization and rising disposable incomes across the globe as well as shifting consumer trends for authentic, natural cheese are serving as the major factors boosting the demand for cheese.
The report analyses global cheese market based on type, product, distribution channel and geography.
There are mainly two types of cheese widely considered, which are processed cheese and unprocessed or natural cheese. Both processed and unprocessed cheese have certain manufacturing specifications which make them different from each other. Unprocessed cheese contains whey that is pressed out of them while processed cheese contains emulsifiers which retain the fatty and non-fatty elements mixed together. The market for unprocessed cheese is higher than that of processed cheese, due to their natural flavors which are developed from their aging.
The various cheese products include mozzarella, cheddar, feta, parmesan, roquefort and others. Cheese production undergoes several imperative steps such as curdling, coagulation involving proteins like casein, and whey, fermentation, ripening, etc. These processes lead to the development of different kinds of cheese. Considerable consumption of mozzarella cheese is anticipated to remain high among diabetic food manufacturers. Attributed to high content of calcium, mozzarella cheese is expected to witness high consumption among athletes and sportsmen. Consumption of block mozzarella cheese is expected to remain high as compared to other forms of cheese.
Distribution is the process of getting the product into target markets. The distribution process might be handled directly at the outset whether digitally or in person, but as the business grows, it may be more efficient to enlist a distributor to get the product to retailers who sell it. The various distribution channels of cheese market include food specialty stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores among others.
Geographically, this market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Cheese has traditionally been considered the preferred outlet for milk from the European Union (EU) after local fresh-milk requirements have been satisfied. The EU cheese market is the largest in the world, and despite very high per capita consumption levels, growth has remained attractive and stable.
Increasing health awareness among the consumers all over the world is leading to higher demand for good quality healthy and natural food products. Consumers are becoming more conscious about the nutritional benefits of food products and risks related to obesity and heart diseases by consuming unhealthy food. The same trend is being followed in the cheese market. As per the study, cheese consumers are consciously purchasing cheese products with high preference to unprocessed cheese and usage of basic materials in the processing of cheese.
Understanding the consumer demand, the manufacturers have started focusing on offering new tastes, ingredients and textures of cheese with low salt and naturalness. Many companies have started producing cheese by replacing cream with yogurt, and salt with milk salt. Lot of innovations are being done in the flavors of cheese like adding spices or herb aromas and developing new creams and dessert preparations by reducing the sugar content.
The major players involved in this market are Arla Foods, Bel group, Fonterra food, Kraft Heinz, Lactalis group, Savencia SA, Britannia Industries Limited, Saputo Inc. and Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. among others.
The report analyses global cheese market based on type, product, distribution channel and geography. There are mainly two types of cheese widely considered, which are processed cheese and unprocessed or natural cheese. The various cheese products include mozzarella, cheddar, feta, parmesan, roquefort and others. The various distribution channels of cheese market include food specialty stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores among others. Geographically, this market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Europe is likely to dominate the global cheese market over the forecast period.
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