Cheese Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast (2024-2030)

  • Cheese Market size was valued at USD 113.54 Bn. in 2023 and the total Cheese market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.61% from 2024 to 2030, reaching nearly USD 155.62 Bn. by 2030.

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Cheese Market Overview:

Cheese is a dairy product produced in a range of flavors, textures, and forms by coagulation of the milk protein casein. It comprises proteins and fat from milk (usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep). During production, milk is usually acidified and either the enzymes of rennet or bacterial enzymes with similar activity are added to cause the casein to coagulate. Cheese is valued for its portability, long shelf life, and high content of fat, protein, calcium, and phosphorus.


The report has covered several aspects of growth to analysis the current market trends and opportunities in the cheese market. The report contains a thorough analysis of the many strategies used by the major companies, including alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions, and mergers. The SWOT analysis was used in the report to examine the company’s entire market position and find opportunities, threats, strengths, and weaknesses. Report has also covered regions such as Europe, North America, and parts of Asia-Pacific exhibit high consumption rates for the cheese market globally.  While Cheese remains a staple in many cuisines globally, market trends indicate a growing interest in premium, artisanal, and specialty varieties.


The rise in small dairy farmers transitioning to Natural practices has prolonged the availability of cheese varieties, offering unique flavors and textures that resonate with consumers seeking diverse culinary experiences. From traditional varieties like cheddar and mozzarella to innovative specialty flavors and artisanal creations, Cheese Market producers continuously diversify their product lines to meet consumer demands. The factor is further supporting the Natural cheese market growth.


  • World cheese exports are pegged at 3.5 million tonnes in 2023, up by a modest rate of 0.4 percent, underpinned by higher imports by China, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and the United States.

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Cheese Market Dynamics

Cheese Market Evolution in New Flavors, Convenience, and Innovation

The cheese market is experiencing significant growth globally owing to evolving customer interests and preferences driving trends in the cheese market. The global cheese market is transforming owing to a growing appetite for new flavors and varieties as cheese has been an essential part of daily lives, manufacturers see the benefits of exploring new products and technology to ensure no compromise on the overall quality of the end product. The increasing demand for convenience and fast food is a primary driver for cheese market growth.


Cheese consumption has increased thanks to the significant diversity of varieties, versatility of product presentation, and changes in consumers’ lifestyles has accelerated the market growth. Cheese powder has witnessed strong demand, fuelled by the preference for easy-to-use ingredients in various food applications. In the dairy industry, cheese production ranks second after cow milk in terms of production volume as a result it has boosted the market growth.

Fig. 1. Customers Preferences

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Navigating Challenges of the Cheese Market

The fluctuation in the prices of milk has hindered market growth by an increase in the cost of the cheese as a result it has affected the profitability of manufacturers. The growing popularity of veganism and non-dairy substitutes has caused a shift in consumer preferences as a result traditional cheese manufacturers are facing competition and keeping their products relevant and appealing to new generations is a constant challenge. Government regulations in different countries are significantly impacting the dairy industry trends. For instance, strict food safety and labeling regulations in the United States have increased production costs for cheese manufacturers, potentially limiting the market growth.


Intensifying the Cheese Market through Flavor Exploration and E-Commerce

The cheese market offers numerous opportunities to the manufacturers to produce and develop new techniques in cheese such as innovation in the cheese, enhancing flavors, and growing their products via E-Commerce has opened up doors globally. The surge in the younger generation and escalation in the adoption rate of fast foods such as burgers, pizza, etc., has propelled the Cheese market. Manufacturers start to innovate as customers look for new options and flavors in the cheese market to enhance the taste buds of the younger population resulting in the higher demand for the cheese.

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Cheese Market Segment Analysis:

Based on type, Natural Cheese Segment dominates the market with an increasing CAGR through the forecast period. The growing consumer demand for healthy and natural foods is expected to be the major factor driving the Natural cheese market. As Consumers are increasingly prioritizing food products that are minimally processed, and free from artificial ingredients, there’s a notable shift towards Natural cheese and perceived as being more wholesome and nutritious. The trend is evident in the rising popularity of organic cheese, and raw cheese made with traditional methods.


Several factors are contributing to the growing demand for healthy and natural cheese, consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of cheese, such as its high protein content, calcium, and essential vitamins. In many countries, where Natural food consumption has increased rapidly, the demand for Natural cheese has surged significantly. Thanks to consumer's preference for products free from synthetic additives and produced using environmentally friendly practices.

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Cheese Market Regional Analysis

Europe dominated the cheese market and is expected to maintain its dominance through the forecast period 2024- 2030 with an increasing CAGR. The high production costs of milk in most of the EU rule out a competitive role in supplying the world’s net importing markets with low-priced dairy commodities. Cheese has provided better export opportunities than any other dairy product, as the willingness to pay for quality European cheese has always been high, and the impact of higher raw-material costs is less problematic.


The most popular types of cheese in Europe vary from country to country.  In France, for example, the most popular types include Camembert, Brie, and Roquefort, while in Italy, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Gorgonzola are among the most consumed varieties. The EU cheese export market to the League of Arab States is significant, with the Arab League importing Europe cheese worth EUR 643.7 million, indicating potential for increased market participation. Every year, approximately nine million tons of cheese are consumed in the European Union. According to STELLAR Analysis, of cheese consumption per capita in the EU, in 2022 Europeans ate some 20 kilos of cheese. There are marked differences in consumption between countries. In 2022, Swedes and Norwegians each ate roughly 19 kilos of cheese per year, most of its white cheese.


Germany was the largest exporter of cheese globally with exports amounting to a value of 6.2 billion U.S. dollars, followed by the Netherlands with 5.4 billion dollars in cheese exports. Cheese imports are also expected to drop by 6 percent in the European Union, owing to higher domestic production.


North America is expected to be the fastest-growing region with an increasing CAGR in forecast period 2024- 2030. The surge in demand for cheese has propelled the region owing to the high preference for protein-based cheese, rising trend toward fast food has accelerated the market growth in the region.

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Cheese Market Competitive Landscape

  • In April 2023, SAVENCIA Fromage & Dairy announces the acquisition of Sucesores de Alfredo Williner (Williner), one of the major players in dairy products in Argentina. Savencia has thus enriched its portfolio with Ilolay a major local brand of dairy and family tradition that has been present in most Argentinean households for decades. It offers a wide range of dairy products through a network distribution well established throughout the country.
  • In December 2023, The Savencia Fromage & Dairy Group's sales increased by +3.7%, an increase of Eur 240 million compared to 2022. This results from organic growth of +11.6% and a structural effect of +2.1% linked mainly to the consolidation of Williner's activities from April 2023

Cheese Market Scope

Market Size in 2023

USD 113.54 Bn.

Market Size in 2030

USD 155.62 Bn.

CAGR (2024-2030)

4.61 %

Historic Data


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By Source



By Product Type





By Distribution Channel         



Regional Scope

North America- United States, Canada, and Mexico

Europe – United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Russia, and Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, ASEAN, Rest of APAC

Middle East and Africa - South Africa, GCC, Egypt, Rest of the Middle East and Africa

South America – Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America


Cheese Market Key Players

  1. Arla Foods amba
  2. Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  3. Almarai Company
  4. GCMMF (Amul)
  5. Hook's Cheese Company
  6. Amul
  7.  Bega Cheese
  8. Lactalis Group.
  9.  Bel Group
  10. Bletsoe Cheese
  11. Brunkow Cheese Factory
  12. Mother Dairy
  13.  Parag Milk Foods
  14.  Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd.
  15.  Mondelez International Group
  17.  Dairy Farmers of America
  18. Meiji Holdings
  19. FrieslandCampina
  20. Saputo
  21. Glanbia
  22. Cady Cheese Factory
  23. XX

Frequently Asked Questions

Focus on Product Innovation and Customization are expected to be the major drivers of the market.

1.    Cheese Market: Research Methodology 
2.    Cheese Market: Executive Summary
3.    Cheese Market: Competitive Landscape
4.    Potential Areas for Investment

4.1. Stellar Competition Matrix
4.2. Competitive Landscape
4.3. Key Players Benchmarking
4.4. Market Structure
4.4.1.    Market Leaders 
4.4.2.    Market Followers
4.4.3.    Emerging Players

4.5. Consolidation of the Market
5.    Cheese Market Import Export Landscape
5.1. Import Trends
5.2. Export Trends
5.3. Regulatory Compliance
5.4. Major Export Destinations
5.5. Import-Export Disparities
6.    Cheese Market: Dynamics
6.1. Market Driver 
6.1.1.    Increasing Consumer Awareness
6.1.2.    Innovation in Product Offerings

6.2. Market Trends by Region
6.2.1.    North America
6.2.2.    Europe
6.2.3.    Asia Pacific
6.2.4.    Middle East and Africa
6.2.5.    South America

6.3. Market Drivers by Region
6.3.1.    North America
6.3.2.    Europe
6.3.3.    Asia Pacific
6.3.4.    Middle East and Africa
6.3.5.    South America

6.4. Market Restraints
6.5. Market Opportunities
6.6. Market Challenges
6.7. PORTER’s Five Forces Analysis
6.8. PESTLE Analysis
6.9. Technological Roadmap 
6.10. Strategies for New Entrants to Penetrate the Market
6.11. Analysis of Government Schemes and Initiatives for the Cheese Industry
6.12. Regulatory Landscape by Region
6.12.1.    North America
6.12.2.    Europe
6.12.3.    Asia Pacific
6.12.4.    Middle East and Africa
6.12.5.    South America

7.    Cheese Market Size and Forecast by Segments (by Value Units)
7.1. Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
7.1.1.    Processed
7.1.2.     Natural

7.2. Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
7.2.1.    Animal 
7.2.2.    Plant

7.3. Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type  (2023-2030)
7.3.1.    Cheddar
7.3.2.    Mozzarella 
7.3.3.    Parmesan
7.3.4.    Others

7.4. Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels  (2023-2030)
7.4.1.    Offline
7.4.2.     Online

7.5. Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Region (2023-2030)
7.5.1.    North America
7.5.2.    Europe
7.5.3.    Asia Pacific
7.5.4.    Middle East and Africa
7.5.5.    South America

8.    North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by value Units)
8.1. North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
8.1.1.    Processed
8.1.2.     Natural

8.2. North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
8.2.1.    Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
8.2.2.    Specialty Stores
8.2.3.    Online Retail
8.2.4.    Others

8.3. North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type (2023-2030)
8.3.1.    Cheddar
8.3.2.    Mozzarella 
8.3.3.    Parmesan
8.3.4.    Others

8.4. North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels (2023-2030)
8.4.1.    Offline
8.4.2.     Online

8.5. North America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
8.5.1.    United States
8.5.2.    Canada
8.5.3.    Mexico

9.    Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
9.1. Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
9.1.1.    Processed
9.1.2.     Natural

9.2. Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
9.2.1.    Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
9.2.2.    Specialty Stores
9.2.3.    Online Retail
9.2.4.    Others

9.3. Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type (2023-2030)
9.3.1.    Cheddar
9.3.2.    Mozzarella 
9.3.3.    Parmesan
9.3.4.    Others

9.4. Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels (2023-2030)
9.4.1.    Offline
9.4.2.     Online

9.5. Europe Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
9.5.1.    UK
9.5.2.    France
9.5.3.    Germany
9.5.4.    Italy
9.5.5.    Spain
9.5.6.    Sweden
9.5.7.    Russia
9.5.8.    Rest of Europe

10.    Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
10.1. Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
10.1.1.    Processed
10.1.2.     Natural

10.2. Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
10.2.1.    Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
10.2.2.    Specialty Stores
10.2.3.    Online Retail
10.2.4.    Others

10.3. Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type  (2023-2030)
10.3.1.    Cheddar
10.3.2.    Mozzarella 
10.3.3.    Parmesan
10.3.4.    Others

10.4. Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels (2023-2030)
10.4.1.    Offline
10.4.2.     Online

10.5. Asia Pacific Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
10.5.1.    China
10.5.2.    S Korea
10.5.3.    Japan
10.5.4.    India
10.5.5.    Australia
10.5.6.    ASEAN
10.5.7.    Rest of Asia Pacific

11.    Middle East and Africa Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
11.1. Middle East and Africa Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
11.1.1.    Processed
11.1.2.     Natural

11.2. Middle East and Africa Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
11.2.1.    Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
11.2.2.    Specialty Stores
11.2.3.    Online Retail
11.2.4.    Others

11.3. Middle East and Africa Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type (2023-2030)
11.3.1.    Cheddar
11.3.2.    Mozzarella 
11.3.3.    Parmesan
11.3.4.    Others

11.4. Middle East and Africa Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels (2023-2030)
11.4.1.    Offline
11.4.2.     Online

11.5. Middle East and Africa Starch-based bio plastics Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
11.5.1.    South Africa
11.5.2.    GCC
11.5.3.    Egypt
11.5.4.    Rest of ME&A

12.    South America Starch-based bio plastics Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
12.1. South America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
12.1.1.     Processed
12.1.2.     Natural

12.2. South America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
12.2.1.    Animal 
12.2.2.    Plant

12.3. South America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Product Type (2023-2030)
12.3.1.    Cheddar
12.3.2.    Mozzarella 
12.3.3.    Parmesan
12.3.4.    Others

12.4. South America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channels (2023-2030)
12.4.1.    Offline
12.4.2.     Online

12.5. South America Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
12.5.1.    Brazil
12.5.2.    Argentina
12.5.3.    Rest of South America

13.    Company Profile: Key players
13.1. Arla Foods amba
13.1.1.    Company Overview
13.1.2.    Financial Overview
13.1.3.    Business Portfolio
13.1.4.    SWOT Analysis
13.1.5.    Business Strategy 
13.1.6.    Recent Developments

13.2. Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
13.3. Almarai Company
13.4. GCMMF (Amul) 
13.5. Hook's Cheese Company
13.6. Amul
13.7.  Bega Cheese
13.8. Lactalis Group.
13.9.  Bel Group
13.10. Bletsoe Cheese
13.11. Brunkow Cheese Factory
13.12. Mother Dairy
13.13.  Parag Milk Foods
13.14.  Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd.
13.15.  Mondelez International Group
13.17.  Dairy Farmers of America
13.18. Meiji Holdings
13.19. FrieslandCampina
13.20. Saputo
13.21. Glanbia
13.22. Cady Cheese Factory
14.    Key Findings
15.    Industry Recommendation

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