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

  • Specialty Cheese Market size was valued at USD 149.5 Bn. in 2023 and the Specialty Cheese revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3% from 2024 to 2030, reaching nearly USD 185.96 Bn. by 2030.

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Specialty Cheese Market Overview:

Specialty cheese is a cheese with limited production and is often made with additional flavourings such as nuts, fruit, spices, and herbs to create interesting flavor profiles. Specialty cheeses range from soft to hard, white to yellow/orange. Some are made from cow's milk, others from sheep or goat's milk. There are even specialty cheeses made from combinations of milk. Many specialty cheeses have unusual ingredients added. Swiss Alp is a traditional Swiss cheese with a coating of herbs. There are specialty varieties of many common cheeses, such as Asiago, blue, brie, Camembert, Edam, feta, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyere and provolone.

 

The report highlights market characteristics such as key drivers, growth opportunities, risk factors, and challenges in the global Specialty Cheese market. The main objective of the report is to provide a broad overview of industry competitors, market trends, growth figures, and other important statistics and the current market scenario. The report provides an in-depth market and vendor landscape, including a competitive analysis of key vendors. The report also introduces players in the industry from the perspective of the value chain and looks into the leading companies. Also, The Specialty Cheese Market is segmented by Type, Source, and Distribution Channel.  

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Specialty Cheese Market Dynamics:

Specialty Cheese Market Surges with Flavourful Innovations and Health Consciousness

The growing application of specialty cheese in fast foods and snacks followed by increasing consumption of the same is driving the growth of the Specialty cheese market. More Americans traveling abroad and tasting unique varieties of cheese in Europe and other areas, restaurants offering the time-honored European tradition of the cheese course, the overall trend of Americans wanting more variety and robust flavor in the food.

 

Growing consumer aversion to processed food thanks to rising health consciousness has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for specialty cheese. Additionally, increasing demand for Organic cheese is also Driving the Specialty Cheese Market.

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Exploring the World of Artisanal Cheese

Artisanal and regionally inspired cheeses have gained significant traction in the market. Producers are experimenting with age-old techniques and indigenous ingredients to craft unique flavors. From Himalayan cheese made with yak milk to Kerala’s traditional ‘Paneer Kizhi,’ these varieties offer a distinct experience to consumers.

 

Cheese producers leverage the ‘experiential’ dining trend by partnering with manufacturers and other industries to create unique eating occasions that engage consumers. For example, in-store tastings or festivals allow consumers to sample new products and learn about serving suggestions and complementary pairings with wine, nuts, bread, or fruit.

 

Specialty Cheese Market Segment Analysis:

By Source, the Cow Milk segment held the largest share in 2023 for the Specialty Cheese Market. Cow milk cheeses are made from the milk of dairy cows. Cow milk is the most common type of milk to produce cheese from, and some of the most famous cheeses in the world are made from cow’s milk, such as cheddar, Parmesan, and Brie. Protected denomination of origin (PDO) cheeses has distinctive sensorial characteristics and are made only from raw milk possessing specific features, which is processed through the ‘art’ of the cheesemaker. The technology applied to most cheeses currently known as PDO utilizes only raw milk, rennet, and natural lactic acid bacteria, so that milk must be, at its origin, suitable for processing.

 

The specific milk characteristics that ensure a high success rate for PDO cheeses are high protein content and good renneting properties, appropriate fat content with appropriate fatty acid composition, and the presence of chemical flavors originating from local feeds. More than 600 varieties of cheese are produced in the U.S., the majority of which is produced from cow’s milk.

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Specialty Cheese Market Regional Insight:

Europe has dominated the region in 2023 for the Specialty Cheese Market. Cheese making is an integral part of the region’s cuisine. Certain countries such as the UK, Italy, and France are globally renowned for their specialty cheeses. Increased Cheese consumption in Europe.  Cheese is an important part of European foods like Italian, British, German, and French. Approximately 9 million metric tons of cheese are consumed annually in the European Union. Different dishes including pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and burgers are incomplete without cheese. Italy is famous for its iconic cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mozzarella, and Gorgonzola. Also, Germany is known for its wide variety of cheese types, including popular varieties like Gouda, Edam, and Camembert.

 

Top 5 of the World’s Importers and Exporters of Cheese

  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Italy
  • Denmark

 

North America held a significant share in 2023 for the Specialty Cheese Market. Many areas in the United States produce specialty cheeses. Nearly every region in the U.S. has its artisanal cheese makers who create delicious specialty cheese. It's the fastest-growing cheese category in Wisconsin, the nation's cheese leader. Specialty cheese is of high quality and limited quantity. Specialty cheeses are made all over the world. Famous varieties come from Mexico, Sicily, the Middle East, Germany, Normandy, Holland, and Switzerland. Bruder Basil is a mild and smoky variety from Germany.

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Specialty Cheese Market Competitive Landscape:

  • In January 2023, Emmi Roth, one of the leading providers of specialty cheese, launched new products under its popular brand Roth. The new products launched include Tomato Basil Havarti and French Onion Havarti. These new offerings cater to consumers seeking unique and savory flavor combinations, enhancing the brand's appeal and providing more options for culinary exploration in the world of specialty cheeses.
  • In April 2023, Bel and Climax Foods, Inc. announced a Partnership to innovate cutting-edge Plant-Based Cheeses indistinguishable from Dairy Cheeses, Powered by AI. Bel aims to launch these new plant-based products in the U.S. and Europe by the end of 2024.

 

Specialty Cheese Market Scope:

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Market Size in 2023

USD 149.5 Bn.

Market Size in 2030

USD 185.96 Bn.

CAGR (2024-2030)

3 %

Historic Data

2018-2022

Base Year

2023

Forecast Period

2024-2030

   Segments

By Type

Fresh

Aged Fresh

Soft White

Semi-Soft

Hard

Flavored

Others

By Source

Goat Milk,

Cow Milk

Sheep Milk

Buffalo Milk

By Distribution Channel         

Store-Based

Non-Store Based

Regional Scope

North America- United States, Canada, and Mexico

Europe – UK, 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

 

Specialty 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. Brunkow Cheese Factory
  11. Mother Dairy
  12. Parag Milk Foods
  13. Mondelez International Group
  14. SAVENCIA SA
  15. Dairy Farmers of America
  16. Meiji Holdings
  17. FrieslandCampina
  18. Saputo
  19. Glanbia
  20. Cady Cheese Factory
  21. XX Inc


Frequently Asked Questions

Increasing demand for Organic cheese is driving the Specialty Cheese Market.

1.    Specialty Cheese Market: Research Methodology 
2.    Specialty Cheese Market: Executive Summary
3.    Specialty Cheese Market: Competitive Landscape

3.1. Stellar Competition Matrix
3.2. Competitive Landscape
3.3. Key Players Benchmarking
3.4. Market Structure
3.4.1.    Market Leaders 
3.4.2.    Market Followers
3.4.3.    Emerging Players

3.5. Consolidation of the Market
4.    Specialty Cheese Market Import Export Landscape
4.1. Import Trends
4.2. Export Trends
4.3. Regulatory Compliance
4.4. Major Export Destinations
4.5. Import-Export Disparities
5.    Specialty Cheese Market: Dynamics
5.1. Market Driver 
5.2. Market Trends by Region
5.2.1.    North America
5.2.2.    Europe
5.2.3.    Asia Pacific
5.2.4.    Middle East and Africa
5.2.5.    South America

5.3. Market Drivers by Region
5.4. Market Restraints
5.5. Market Opportunities
5.6. Market Challenges
5.7. PORTER’s Five Forces Analysis
5.8. PESTLE Analysis
5.9. Strategies for New Entrants to Penetrate the Market
5.10. Regulatory Landscape by Region
5.10.1.    North America
5.10.2.    Europe
5.10.3.    Asia Pacific
5.10.4.    Middle East and Africa
5.10.5.    South America

6.    Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast by Segmentations (by Value USD Million)
6.1. Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (20232-20320)
6.1.1.    Fresh
6.1.2.    Aged Fresh
6.1.3.    Soft White
6.1.4.    Semi-Soft
6.1.5.    Hard
6.1.6.    Flavored 
6.1.7.    Others

6.2. Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (20232-20320)
6.2.1.    Goat Milk
6.2.2.    Cow Milk
6.2.3.    Sheep Milk
6.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
6.2.5.    Others

6.3. Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (20232-20320)
6.3.1.    Store-Based 
6.3.2.    Non-Store Based

6.4. Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Region (20232-20320)
6.4.1.    North America
6.4.2.    Europe
6.4.3.    Asia Pacific
6.4.4.    Middle East and Africa
6.4.5.    South America

7.    North America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value USD Million)
7.1. North America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
7.1.1.    Fresh
7.1.2.    Aged Fresh
7.1.3.    Soft White
7.1.4.    Semi-Soft
7.1.5.    Hard
7.1.6.    Flavored 
7.1.7.    Others

7.2. North America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
7.2.1.    Goat Milk
7.2.2.    Cow Milk
7.2.3.    Sheep Milk
7.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
7.2.5.    Others 

7.3. North America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
7.3.1.    Store-Based 
7.3.2.    Non-Store Based

7.4. North America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
7.4.1.    United States
7.4.2.    Canada
7.4.3.    Mexico

8.    Europe Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value USD Million)
8.1. Europe Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
8.1.1.    Fresh
8.1.2.    Aged Fresh
8.1.3.    Soft White
8.1.4.    Semi-Soft
8.1.5.    Hard
8.1.6.    Flavored 
8.1.7.    Others

8.2. Europe Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
8.2.1.    Goat Milk
8.2.2.    Cow Milk
8.2.3.    Sheep Milk
8.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
8.2.5.    Others

8.3. Europe Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
8.3.1.    Store-Based 
8.3.2.    Non-Store Based

8.4. Europe Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
8.4.1.    UK
8.4.2.    France
8.4.3.    Germany
8.4.4.    Italy
8.4.5.    Spain
8.4.6.    Sweden
8.4.7.    Russia 
8.4.8.    Rest of Europe

9.    Asia Pacific Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value USD Million)
9.1. Asia Pacific Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
9.1.1.    Fresh
9.1.2.    Aged Fresh
9.1.3.    Soft White
9.1.4.    Semi-Soft
9.1.5.    Hard
9.1.6.    Flavored 
9.1.7.    Others

9.2. Asia Pacific Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
9.2.1.    Goat Milk
9.2.2.    Cow Milk
9.2.3.    Sheep Milk
9.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
9.2.5.    Others

9.3. Asia Pacific Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
9.3.1.    Store-Based 
9.3.2.    Non-Store Based

9.4. Asia Pacific Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
9.4.1.    China
9.4.2.    S Korea
9.4.3.    Japan
9.4.4.    India
9.4.5.    Australia
9.4.6.    Indonesia 
9.4.7.    Malaysia
9.4.8.    Vietnam
9.4.9.    Taiwan
9.4.10.    Bangladesh
9.4.11.    Pakistan
9.4.12.    Rest of Asia Pacific

10.    Middle East and Africa Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast (by Value USD Million)
10.1. Middle East and Africa Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
10.1.1.    Fresh
10.1.2.    Aged Fresh
10.1.3.    Soft White
10.1.4.    Semi-Soft
10.1.5.    Hard
10.1.6.    Flavored 
10.1.7.    Others

10.2. Middle East and Africa Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
10.2.1.    Goat Milk
10.2.2.    Cow Milk
10.2.3.    Sheep Milk
10.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
10.2.5.    Others

10.3. Middle East and Africa Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
10.3.1.    Store-Based 
10.3.2.    Non-Store Based

10.4. Middle East and Africa Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
10.4.1.    South Africa
10.4.2.    GCC
10.4.3.    Egypt
10.4.4.    Nigeria
10.4.5.    Rest of ME&A

11.    South America Market Size and Forecast (by Value USD Million)
11.1. South America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
11.1.1.    Fresh
11.1.2.    Aged Fresh
11.1.3.    Soft White
11.1.4.    Semi-Soft
11.1.5.    Hard
11.1.6.    Flavored 
11.1.7.    Others

11.2. South America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Source (2023-2030)
11.2.1.    Goat Milk
11.2.2.    Cow Milk
11.2.3.    Sheep Milk
11.2.4.    Buffalo Milk
11.2.5.    Others

11.3. South America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
11.3.1.    Store-Based 
11.3.2.    Non-Store Based

11.4. South America Specialty Cheese Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
11.4.1.    Brazil
11.4.2.    Argentina
11.4.3.    Rest of South America

12.    Company Profile: Key players
12.1. Arla Foods amba
12.1.1.1.    Company Overview
12.1.1.2.    Financial Overview
12.1.1.3.    Business Portfolio
12.1.1.4.    SWOT Analysis
12.1.1.5.    Business Strategy 
12.1.1.6.    Recent Development

12.2. Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
12.3. Almarai Company
12.4. GCMMF (Amul)
12.5. Hook's Cheese Company
12.6. Amul
12.7. Bega Cheese
12.8. Lactalis Group.
12.9. Bel Group
12.10. Brunkow Cheese Factory
12.11. Mother Dairy
12.12. Parag Milk Foods
12.13. Mondelez International Group
12.14. SAVENCIA SA
12.15. Dairy Farmers of America
12.16. Meiji Holdings
12.17. FrieslandCampina
12.18. Saputo
12.19. Glanbia
12.20. Cady Cheese Factory
12.21. XX Inc
13.    Key Findings
14.    Industry Recommendation

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