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Specialty Cheese Market Research Report Information By Type (Fresh, Aged Fresh, Soft White, Semi-Soft, Hard, Flavored And Others), By Source (Goat Milk, Whole Cow Milk, Skimmed Cow Milk, Sheep Milk And Buffalo Milk), By Distribution Channel (Store-Based And Non-Store Based) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/F-B & N/3239-HCR | 110 Pages | Author: Pradeep Nandi| June 2024

Global Specialty Cheese MarketOverview

Specialty Cheese Market Size was valued at USD 140.5 billion in 2023. The specialty cheese market industry is projected to grow from USD 147.2 Billion in 2024 to USD 195.0 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.80% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Concentrating on natural tastes and using them widely throughout the food industry are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.Specialty Cheese Market

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Specialty Cheese Market Trends

  • Increasing Demand for Flavor Combinations to Drive the Market Growth

Consumer preference for experimenting with new, exotic flavours and cuisines has significantly increased in recent years. The use of different varieties of cheese in these cuisines has accelerated due to the growing popularity of cheese flavour combinations in various cuisines, including Italian and Mexican. Leading product processors have been forced to develop novel products, such as powder and creamers, as a result of the foodservice industry's explosive growth.One of the burgeoning categories is flavoured cheese, which satisfies the demand of the modern consumer for novel flavours like fruit, spice, and herbs. With advancements and innovations bringing novel products to the retail platform, the industry is thriving on a global scale.

Additionally, consumers are adopting the new trend of fresh, natural, handmade, specialty, and artisan cheese varieties. Because they are processed using natural methods, these varieties are regarded as premium and safer options. The demand for specialty and artisan cheeses is positively influenced by the growing popularity of healthy snacks, which can be attributed to clean-label and all-natural ingredients. The demand for goods is also anticipated to be fueled by developments and innovations aimed at creating new flavours and tastes across a variety of artisan cheese varieties.

Specialty Cheese Market Segment Insights

Specialty Cheese Type Insights

The Specialty Cheese Market segmentation, based on type, he market is divided into categories such as Hard Cheese, Semi-Soft Cheese, Soft White Cheese, and Fresh Cheese. The category for fresh cheese is anticipated to experience the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Fresh specialty cheese's low risk of contamination and its pronounced flavor are the main factors that have contributed to the sector's expansion. Also, it is anticipated that the hard cheese segment would expand significantly throughout the course of the projected period.

Specialty Cheese source Insights

The Specialty Cheese Market segmentation, the source categorizes the Specialty Cheese into goat milk, sheep milk, whole cow milk, skimmed cow milk, and bison milk. Due to the rich flavor of cheese made from cow milk, the entire cow milk segment dominates the specialty cheese market. Nonetheless, skimmed cow milk is anticipated to become more popular soon as a result of rising health awareness among consumers.

Figure1: Specialty Cheese Market, by Source, 2024 & 2032 (USD billion)Specialty Cheese Market, by Source

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Specialty Cheese Distribution channel Insights

The Specialty Cheese Market data has been bifurcated by distribution channel into store-based and non-store based channel. Because the supermarket/hypermarket industry is rapidly changing, investors are capitalising on buyer convenience to provide a convenient shopping experience. According to the Food Industry Association 2019, nearly 43% of grocery sales were made through supermarkets/hypermarkets in 2020, representing a significant annual product sale. Supermarkets place a premium on quality assurance, refrigerant leaks, and meeting new regulatory requirements in order to avoid penalties from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as providing excellent products to customers. Online retail segment may grow positively in recent years because of easy accessibility. Because of the low discount offers, specialty and convenience stores will grow slowly.

Specialty Cheese Regional Insights

By Region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. North America specialty cheese is expected to grow at a significant CAR due to strong demand for sustainable and clean label dairy foods. Consumer preferences for natural, safe, and healthier products are expected to drive segmental growth. Rising demand for non-GMO, lactose-free, organic, lactose-free, and plant-based cheese products is expected to drive market growth in the coming years.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe specialty cheese market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the presence of significant milk-producing nations. The region's thriving food and foodservice industries support the expanding demand for a variety of product types within these industries. Leading companies use clever marketing techniques to increase sales of processed cheese. Further, the Germany specialty cheese market held the largest market share, and the UK specialty cheese market was the fastest growing market in the European region

The Asia-Pacific Specialty Cheese Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2024 to 2032. Rising discretionary income levels in the region, combined with relatively stable milk prices, have significantly contributed to increased sales of cheese varieties. The increased use of cheese in various processed foods has increased demand in the region's foodservice industry.  Moreover, China’s specialty cheese market held the largest market share, and the Indian specialty cheese market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region

Specialty Cheese Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market participants are investing a lot of money in R&D to broaden their product offerings, which will spur further expansion of the speciality cheese market. The significant market developments include the introduction of new products, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their global footprint. In order to grow and thrive in a market that is becoming more competitive and growing, competitors in the specialty cheese sector must provide products that are affordable.

Manufacturing locally to lower operating costs is one of the key business methods used by manufacturers in the global specialty cheese industry to benefit clients and develop the market sector. In recent years, the specialty cheese sector has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the specialty cheese industry, including Kraft Heinz Corporation, Almarai, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Britannia Industries, Arla Foods, and GCMMF (Amul), are aiming to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

Wensleydale Creamery is a cheese producer based in Hawes, North Yorkshire, England. It produces a variety of cheeses, but is best known for producing Yorkshire Wensleydale, a PGI-designated Wensleydale cheese. Edward Chapman opened a commercial creamery in Hawes in 1897, using traditional techniques and milk from local farms. Kit Calvert bought the creamery in the 1930s and sold it to the Milk Marketing Board in 1966. Dairy Crest, a subsidiary of the Milk Marketing Board, closed the Hawes creamery in May 1992, resulting in the loss of 59 jobs. In October 2019, Winsleydale Creamery introduced a new cheese brand, Yokshire Creamery, as well as a new range of products, including extra mature cheddar, red Yokshire, and double Yokshire.

Chuck E. Cheese is a children's/family entertainment center and pizza restaurant chain in the United States that was established in 1977 by Nolan Bushnell, a co-founder of Atari. It was formerly known as Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre, Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza, and simply Chuck E. Cheese's. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, each site offers pizza, other food items, arcade games, amusement attractions, and musical performances in addition to providing pizza. Formerly, ball pits, crawl tubes, and animatronic performances were staples. The chain's name is derived from Chuck E. Cheese, its star and mascot. In June 2020, the Chuckling Cheese Company in the U.K. introduced a gin-flavored product to capitalise on the rising demand for flavoured cheese in the nation.

Key Companies in the specialty cheese market includes

  • The Kraft Heinz Company

  • Almarai

  • Associated Milk Producers Inc.

  • Britannia Industries

  • Arla Foods

  • GCMMF (Amul) among others

Specialty Cheese Industry Developments

In June 2022 Land O Lakes Cheese released Land O Lakes® Shredded Cheese, a cheese line that includes seven cheese items in the grocery store's dairy case section, in Wisconsin, United States. The cheese supply chain begins with Wisconsin farmers who provide milk that is sent to the Land O'Lakes Kiel, Wisconsin plant where the cheese is made.

In May 2021 Arla Foods, a Danish dairy cooperative, committed DKK 50 million (about USD 8.2 million) towards the construction of a new cheese production facility in Japan. Arla announced plans to develop two extra ripening warehouses, new cheese machinery, and a new drainage room at Troldhede Dairy in West Jutland, its home market.

In February 2021 Heritage Foods enters the cheese product industry, by introducing processed and mozzarella cheese. Heritage says that its processed cheese and mozzarella cheese are made from 100% cow milk. The company's freshly announced cheese products were touted to possess a naturally occurring cheesy flavor suited for ingestion by people of all ages.

Specialty Cheese Market Segmentation

Specialty Cheese Type Outlook

  • Fresh

  • Aged Fresh

  • Soft White

  • Semi-Soft

  • Hard

  • Flavored and others

Specialty Cheese source Outlook

  • Goat Milk

  • Whole Cow Milk

  • Skimmed Cow Milk

  • Sheep Milk

  • Buffalo Milk

Specialty Cheese Distribution channel Outlook

  • Store-Based

  • Non-Store Based

Specialty Cheese Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size2023 USD 140.5 billion
Market Size 2024 USD 147.2 billion
Market Size 2032 USD 195.0 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.80% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2020- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered by Type, Source , Flavor, Distribution Channel, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled  Kraft Heinz Company, Almarai, Associated Milk Producers Inc., Britannia Industries, Arla Foods, and GCMMF (Amul),  BelGioioso Cheese Inc, Bel Brands, Ornua Co-operative Limited.
Key Market Opportunities ·         Increasing usage of Cheese across food-producing
Key Market Dynamics ·         Cheese is widely used in family meal preparations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Specialty Cheese Market size was valued at USD 1.93 Billion in 2023.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period, of 2024–2032.

North America had the largest share in the global market

The key players in the market are Medtronic Inc (Ireland), Abbott Laboratories (US), Stryker Corporation (US), DePuy Synthes (US), and B. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany).

The cow milk specialty cheese category dominated the market in 2023.

Thefresh cheese had the largest share in the global market.

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