The global cheese market is growing strongly, driven by emerging countries such as Brazil, where cheese consumption is expected to triple in less than a decade. However, the top five global brands hold less than 10% of the market.
According to Canadean’s research*, the global value of cheese stood at US$216.3 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach US$237.2 billion in 2019. However, the global cheese market is also highly fragmented, with the top five brands – Kraft, Philadelphia, President, Sargento and Galbani – holding less than 10% of the combined market share. “With rising competition, top players in the market are building unique strategies, such as new product traits and uses, to differentiate themselves from other brands,” says Dhara Badiani, Analyst at Canadean.
The growing population in countries such as Brazil, China and India with increasing disposable income means that consumers spend more on processed foods, including cheese. “Western foods such as pizza, pasta and sandwiches have become more popular in many emerging markets in recent year,” says Badiani. Simultaneously, the rapid growth of modern retail formats and fast food chains in emerging markets are driving both retail and on-trade sales of cheese. “Hypermarkets and supermarkets are the leading retailer channel for cheese in emerging markets, as they offer a wide range of cheese including multi-brand, private label and specialty products,” says Badiani.
The Brazilian cheese market is one of fastest growing globally. While the average Brazilian only consumed 3.4kg of cheese in 2009, per capita consumption has increased to 5.4kg in 2014, and is expected to grow to 8.6kg in 2019. Brazil – already the fifth largest cheese market in volumes terms in the world today – will continue to move up in the global ranking to reach third place in 2019. This means, in less than five years, the volume of the Brazilian cheese market will be the same size as the French market (approx. 1.8 billion kg).
*Source: Canadean report ‘Global Cheese Market,’ published in June 2015.