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Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Share, Size, Report: By Type: Natural Cheese, Processed Cheese; By Product: Cheddar and Cheddar Type, Semi Hard Cheese, Hard Grating Cheese, Fresh Types, Mould Ripened ; By End Use: Retail, Institutional; By Distribution Channel; Regional Analysis; Competitive Landscape; 2024-2032

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Outlook

The Australia and New Zealand cheese market size reached around 404.10 KMT in 2023. The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.7% between 2024 and 2032 to reach nearly 510.73 KMT by 2032.

 

Key Takeaways

  • The annual Mould Cheese Festival of Australia provides a platform for cheese producers to showcase their homegrown cheeses.
  • As average household disposable incomes are relatively high in Australia, customers buy more premium products.
  • In 2021-22, the gross disposable income per household increased by 3.7% than 2020-21 in Australia.

 

The cheese market in Australia and New Zealand is mainly driven by the increased consumption of cheese in restaurants and the foodservice industry. The growth is higher in the developing regions owing to rising disposable incomes and expanding fast-food joints or quick-service restaurants (QSR). In 2022, the dairy sector of Australia accounted for 7.8% of the GDP.

 

Some of the factors driving the Australia and New Zealand cheese market growth are the growing popularity of clean-labelled products and the availability of various categories of cheeses such as parmesan, cheddar, and blue cheese. Retailers in Australia and New Zealand support their local brands, and sometimes cheese brands invest in these retailers to maintain a strong distribution channel.

 

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market

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Key Trends and Developments

Growth in disposable income; availability of premium quality artisanal cheeses; the expansion of quick service restaurants; and wide availability of speciality cheese are the major factors aiding the Australia and New Zealand cheese market growth

 

Date Company Details
January 2024 CEC Entertainment, LLC In partnership with Royale Hospitality Group, the globally recognised family entertainment restaurant brand Chuck E. Cheese, entered into the Australian cheese market.
December 2023 Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited Partnered with Nestle S.A. to support farmers with their sustainability actions and foster low-carbon milk production.

 

 

Trends Impact
Growing demand for probiotic cheeses The consumption of probiotic cheese is significantly increasing as it helps to improve immune health.
Increasing demand for clean-label cheese The rising concerns regarding consumer health are giving rise to greater demand for clean-label cheese that is free from added/artificial flavourings, colourings, and preservatives.
Expansion of domestic cheese producers The expansion of domestic cheese producers is aided by consumers' support for regional cheeses and artisanal cheesemakers as they become more aware of the provenance of cheese.
Wide availability of speciality cheeses The wide availability of speciality cheeses, such as hand-made goat cheeses, cheddars, soft cheeses, and blue cheese, made from locally sourced ingredients, aids the market.
Expanding fast-food joints or quick service restaurants (QSR). The high demand for pizza in Australia due to its various toppings and incorporation of different kinds of cheese fosters cheese demand among foodservice providers.
Growth in disposable income The high disposable incomes in the region lead to consumers spending relatively freely on private-label brands that offer affordable and acceptable quality cheeses.

 

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Trends

The sale and consumption of unpackaged hard cheese in the region is supported by speciality retailers who recommend local cheeses to customers. Manufacturers also provide tasting stocks to these retailers. As a result, consumers can purchase a variety of cheeses by tasting them at a store, which aids their satisfaction. In Australia and New Zealand, 40% of milk was utilised for cheese production in 2022.

 

Furthermore, the manufacturing of dairy commodity products for export is mainly concentrated in South-Eastern Australia and includes cheddar, mozzarella cheese and other specialised cheese types. In 2021/22, Australia's per capita annual cheese consumption was approximately 15.1 kilograms. There are more non-cheddar cheese options available in Australia, though cheddar variations are still the most popular kind of consumed cheese.

 

Figure: Utilisation of Produced Milk in Australia, 2021-22

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market

 

Market Segmentation

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Report and Forecast 2024-2032 offers a detailed analysis of the market based on the following segments:

 

Market Breakup Categories
Type Natural Cheese, Processed Cheese
Product Cheddar And Cheddar Type, Semi Hard Cheese, Hard Grating Cheese, Fresh Types, Mould Ripened
End Use Retail, Institutional
Distribution Channel Supermarkets And Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Speciality Retailers, Online, Others
Country Australia, New Zealand

 

Natural cheese is expected to hold significant share of the Australia and New Zealand cheese market as it is inherently gluten-free.

Natural cheese is perceived as a healthier alternative to processed cheese due to its minimal processing and lack of artificial additives. Natural cheese comprises natural ingredients, including natural salts, colours, enzymes, and high-quality milk. Natural cheese is increasingly being incorporated into quick-service restaurants and fast-food chains.

 

Processed cheese has a longer shelf life and is more cost-effective than natural cheese. As a result, it is ideal for the fast-food sector. The expanding pizzerias and quick-service restaurants are increasingly incorporating such cheese. Pizzeria Amore Mio, D.O.C Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Frankie's Pizza and Via Napoli.

 

Sales of cheese from supermarkets and hypermarkets are likely to increase in the forecast period

Supermarkets and hypermarkets are anticipated to dominate the Australia and New Zealand cheese market share in the coming years. Supermarkets boast diverse cheese options, like blocks, grated cheese, slices, and snaking products, to meet consumers' needs for cooking and snacking. 32% of Australians eat cheese each day, but the average intake is less than a third of the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

 

Cheese with the ‘Australian Made/Product of Australia’ logo is available at local farmer’s markets. Speciality retailers distribute premium and unpackaged cheese brands to customers and play a crucial role in recommending local cheeses to buyers.

 

The preference for online channels is driven by the availability of a variety of cheeses, such as parmesan, cheddar, and blue cheese, among others, delivered right to the doorstep.

 

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market by Region

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Competitive Landscape

Major players in the Australia and New Zealand cheese market are increasing their collaboration, partnership, and research and development activities to gain a competitive edge

 

Company Name Year Founded Headquarters Products/Services
Bega Cheese Limited 1899 Australia Offers different kinds of natural, processed cheese and specific cheese for kid’s snacking.
Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd 2013 Australia Offers cheddar cheese under brands including CHEER and Cracker Barrel.
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited 2001 New Zealand Offers speciality cheese under the brand Kapiti, Mainland and other dairy products
Lactalis Australia Ltd. 1933 Australia Offers premium and flavour cheeses under brands, including Lemnos, President, Galbani.

 

Other key players in the Australia and New Zealand cheese market include Kraft Foods Limited and Arla Foods Mayer Australia Pty Ltd., among others.

 

Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Analysis by Country

Australians are fond of cheeseboards for hospitality purposes. These cheeseboards often contain different types and textures of cheese such as hard cheese, semi-hard cheese, cheesy dips, and others. The foodservice sector is also a significant consumer of cheese as Australians' demand for products, such as pizzas and burgers, continues to rise.

 

Meanwhile, dairy farming plays a significant role in New Zealand’s economy. The favourable climatic conditions, soil, and abundant water availability in New Zealand create an ideal environment for dairy farming. This provides the ease of procuring milk to produce cheese for manufacturers.

 

Furthermore, consumers in New Zealand are becoming more discerning about the brands and products they consume. Adding to this, the idea of the “Buy NZ Made” ethos is driving consumers to purchase locally-produced cheese.

 

Key Highlights of the Report

REPORT FEATURES DETAILS
Base Year 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Type
  • Product
  • End Use
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region
Breakup by Type
  • Natural Cheese
  • Processed Cheese
Breakup by Product
  • Cheddar and Cheddar Type
  • Semi Hard Cheese
  • Hard Grating Cheese
  • Fresh Types
  • Mould Ripened
Breakup by End Use
  • Retail
  • Institutional
Breakup by Distribution Channel
  • Supermarkets and Hypermarket
  • Convenience Stores
  • Specialty Retailers
  • Online
  • Others
Breakup by Region
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • Bega Cheese Limited
  • Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Lactalis Australia Ltd.
  • Kraft Foods Limited
  • Arla Foods Mayer Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Others
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1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Snapshot
    6.1    Australia
    6.2    New Zealand
7    Opportunities and Challenges in the Market
8    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Overview

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    8.3    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    8.4    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market by Country
        8.4.1    Australia
        8.4.2    New Zealand
9    Australia Cheese Market Analysis
    9.1    Key Industry Highlights
    9.2    Australia Cheese Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    9.3    Australia Cheese Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    9.4    Australia Cheese Market by Type
        9.4.1    Natural Cheese
            9.4.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.4.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.4.2    Processed Cheese
            9.4.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.4.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    9.5    Australia Cheese Market by Product
        9.5.1    Cheddar and Cheddar Type
            9.5.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.5.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.5.2    Semi Hard Cheese
            9.5.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.5.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.5.3    Hard Grating Cheese
            9.5.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.5.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.5.4    Fresh Types
            9.5.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.5.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.5.5    Mould Ripened
            9.5.5.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.5.5.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    9.6    Australia Cheese Market by End Use
        9.6.1    Retail
            9.6.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.6.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.6.2    Institutional
            9.6.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.6.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    9.7    Australia Cheese Market by Distribution Channel
        9.7.1    Supermarkets and Hypermarket
            9.7.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.7.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.7.2    Convenience Stores
            9.7.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.7.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.7.3    Specialty Retailers
            9.7.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.7.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.7.4    Online
            9.7.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            9.7.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        9.7.5    Others
10    New Zealand Cheese Market Analysis
    10.1    Key Industry Highlights
    10.2    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    10.3    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    10.4    New Zealand Cheese Market by Type
        10.4.1    Natural
            10.4.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.4.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.4.2    Processed
            10.4.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.4.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.5    New Zealand Cheese Market by Product
        10.5.1    Cheddar & Cheddar Type
            10.5.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.5.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.5.2    Semi Hard Cheese
            10.5.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.5.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.5.3    Hard Grating Cheese
            10.5.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.5.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.5.4    Fresh Types
            10.5.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.5.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.5.5    Mould Ripened
            10.5.5.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.5.5.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.6    New Zealand Cheese Market by End Use
        10.6.1    Retail
            10.6.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.6.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.6.2    Institutional
            10.6.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.6.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.7    New Zealand Cheese Market by Distribution Channel
        10.7.1    Supermarkets and Hypermarket
            10.7.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.7.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.7.2    Convenience Stores
            10.7.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.7.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.7.3    Specialty Retailers
            10.7.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.7.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.7.4    Online
            10.7.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
            10.7.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        10.7.5    Others
11    Market Dynamics
    11.1    SWOT Analysis
        11.1.1    Strengths
        11.1.2    Weaknesses
        11.1.3    Opportunities
        11.1.4    Threats
    11.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        11.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        11.2.2    Buyers Power
        11.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        11.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        11.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    11.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    11.4    Key Indicators for Price
12    Value Chain Analysis
13    Trade Data Analysis (HS Code - 0406)

    13.1    Major Importing Countries
        13.1.1    By Volume
        13.1.2    By Value
    13.2    Major Exporting Countries
        13.2.1    By Volume
        13.2.2    By Value
14    Price Analysis
    14.1    Australia Historical Price Trends (2018-2023) and Forecast (2024-2032)
    14.2    New Zealand Historical Price Trends (2018-2023) and Forecast (2024-2032)
15    Competitive Landscape
    15.1    Market Structure
    15.2    Company Profiles
        15.2.1    Bega Cheese Limited
            15.2.1.1    Company Overview
            15.2.1.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.1.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.1.4    Certifications
        15.2.2    Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd 
            15.2.2.1    Company Overview
            15.2.2.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.2.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.2.4    Certifications
        15.2.3    Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited 
            15.2.3.1    Company Overview
            15.2.3.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.3.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.3.4    Certifications
        15.2.4    Lactalis Australia Ltd.
            15.2.4.1    Company Overview
            15.2.4.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.4.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.4.4    Certifications
        15.2.5    Kraft Foods Limited
            15.2.5.1    Company Overview
            15.2.5.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.5.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.5.4    Certifications
        15.2.6    Arla Foods Mayer Australia Pty Ltd.
            15.2.6.1    Company Overview
            15.2.6.2    Product Portfolio
            15.2.6.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            15.2.6.4    Certifications
        15.2.7    Others
16    Key Trends and Developments in the Market


List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032
2.    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Country (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
3.    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
4.    Australia Cheese Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032
5.    Australia Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Type (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
6.    Australia Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
7.    Australia Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Product (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
8.    Australia Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Product (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
9.    Australia Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by End Use (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
10.    Australia Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by End Use (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
11.    Australia Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Distribution Channel (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
12.    Australia Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Distribution Channel (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
13.    Australia Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Region (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
14.    Australia Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
15.    New Zealand Cheese Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032
16.    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Type (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
17.    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
18.    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Product (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
19.    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Product (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
20.    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by End Use (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
21.    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by End Use (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
22.    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Distribution Channel (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
23.    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Distribution Channel (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
24.    New Zealand Cheese Historical Market: Breakup by Region (Thousand Tons), 2018-2023
25.    New Zealand Cheese Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (Thousand Tons), 2024-2032
26.    Major Importing Countries by Volume 
27.    Major Exporting Countries by Volume 
28.    Major Importing Countries by Value 
29.    Major Exporting Countries by Value 
30.    Australia Historical Price Trends and Forecast 2018-2032
31.    New Zealand Historical Price Trends and Forecast 2018-2032
32.    Australia and New Zealand Cheese Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

In 2023, the market volume was approximately 404.10 KMT.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2.7% between 2024 and 2032.

The market is estimated to witness a healthy growth in the forecast period of 2024-2032 to reach around 510.73 KMT by 2032.

The major drivers include increasing preference for premium quality cheese, wide availability of speciality cheeses, and the expanding fast-food joints or quick service restaurants (QSR).

The key trends include growing demand for probiotic cheese and increasing demand for clean-labelled cheese.

The different types of cheese include natural cheese and processed cheese.

The major distribution channels for cheese include supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores, speciality retailers, and online, among others.

The major players in the market include Bega Cheese Limited, Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Lactalis Australia Ltd., Kraft Foods Limited, and Arla Foods Mayer Australia Pty Ltd., among others.

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