December 9, 2023

Cheddar Cheese Market Forecast: Expanding Quick Service Restaurants Drive Opportunities

The global cheddar cheese market is experiencing significant growth, driven by evolving consumer preferences, expanding quick service restaurants (QSR), and a rising trend in at-home snacking. Cheddar cheese, known for its sharp taste and versatility, has become a staple in households and commercial spaces worldwide. With a steadily increasing consumption rate, this dairy-based product is poised for further expansion.

Rising Cheese Production

In 2017, the global milk output reached a staggering 811 million tonnes, contributing substantially to the production of cheese. Cheddar cheese, in particular, has gained prominence across various cuisines and is used extensively in everyday cooking and commercial baking. Its popularity has surged, thanks to quick service restaurants and fast-food chains that incorporate cheddar cheese into pizzas, pastas, burgers, and a variety of snacking options such as crackers, fried foods, and savory snacks.

Quick service restaurants have played a pivotal role in popularizing cheddar cheese as a dip. For instance, in 2020, McDonald’s in Brazil introduced a tantalizing bowl of melted cheddar cheese as a dip paired with their burgers. The growing number of quick service restaurants and the rising trend of at-home snacking are expected to drive the global demand for cheddar cheese in the forecast period.

Diversified Product Range to Meet Consumer Tastes

Changing consumer buying behavior has had a positive impact on the global cheddar cheese market. A growing health-consciousness among consumers has led to a substantial demand for high-quality cheddar cheese with low fat content and claimed nutritional benefits. Recognizing this global demand for healthy products, cheddar cheese manufacturers are diversifying their product portfolios.

For example, The Kraft Foods Group, a prominent American food giant, has introduced live active cheddar cheese with probiotics, targeting consumers seeking products that improve digestive health and enhance the immune system. Apart from health benefits, offering an appealing flavor profile tailored to consumer tastes and preferences has become a winning strategy for manufacturers, opening up new growth opportunities for the cheddar cheese market.

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Embracing E-commerce Channels

The global cheddar cheese market is segmented based on form, end-users, sales channels, and regions. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered consumer purchasing habits, with a notable shift towards online sales channels instead of traditional in-store purchases. In response, manufacturers are focusing on offering their products through e-commerce platforms to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products.

For instance, in 2020, The Big Cheese launched a new e-commerce website to sell its premium 12-15 year aged sharp cheddar cheese. This shift is expected to support the growth of online sales channels in the cheddar cheese market in the coming years.

European Market Driven by Savory Flavored Bakery Snacks

Europe and North America are expected to collectively dominate the global cheddar cheese market. High disposable incomes, increased product penetration, and a growing number of health-conscious consumers have fueled market growth in these regions. Cheddar cheese demand is particularly driven by the bakery industry in Europe, as cheese continues to be a key ingredient in a wide range of confectionery products.

In contrast, the Asia Pacific region is expected to register a relatively high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period. Countries like China and India are projected to witness favorable growth in the cheddar cheese market. Dairy and dairy products have historically been staples in Indian diets, and the prevalence of dining out and shifting consumer preferences for Italian cuisines are expected to drive further growth in India’s cheddar cheese market.

Key Players in the Global Cheddar Cheese Market

Prominent players in the global cheddar cheese market include Kraft Foods, Fonterra Cooperative Group, Rogue Creamery, Arla Foods amba, The English Cheese Co, MEGMILK SNOW BRAND, Saputo Cheese USA Inc, Sartori, Uncle Tobys, and Edendale Group (Chesdale).

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