GCC Dairy Market Key Insights:
- Product types: Fluid Milk, UHT Milk, Flavoured Milk, Cream, Butter, Milk Powders, Whey Protein, Cheese, Yoghurt, Ice-cream, Probiotic Products, Others
- Market Performance & Price Trends 2018
- Market Analysis & Outlook 2019-2024
- Demand by Application & Region
- Capacity Addition & Plant Turnarounds
The GCC dairy market is being aided by the rising demand for fresh milk as well as processed dairy products. With a growing import demand, the GCC market is also contributing to the growth of the global dairy trade. The global trade was valued at almost USD 33.9 billion in the Q1 of 2018, which was a growth of 15.3% as compared to Q1 2017. The global dairy trade was supported by both the soaring demand from countries like China, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Mexico and Australia, and the increasing milk imports from major markets in Africa and the Middle East.
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The consumption of dairy products has seen an upward trend globally in the past few years. In the forecast period of 2019-2024, fresh dairy products are projected to grow faster than processed products. Fresh dairy products are projected to grow by 2.1% annually while processed dairy products will witness an annual growth of 1.7% in the coming years. The GCC market is supported by the increase in the consumption of butter and cheese in the Middle East region. Butter and cheese are each expected to account for nearly 12% of the total GCC dairy market. The market is further being driven by the growing consumer demand for dairy products especially for fresh milk. In 2017, almost 750 million litres of fresh milk was consumed in the GCC, and is further expected witness an increase of 7.6% annually for the forecast period.
The dairy markets in countries like those that constitute the GCC, which have limited natural resources, slow expansion of production capabilities, and expanding population, will be increasingly dependent on imports. Import demand for dairy products has been growing over the years in the regions,. In 2017, imports of dairy products in the United Arab Emirates grew by 13.2% in 2017, as compared to 2016. Even with the contraction of dairy imports in Saudi Arabia, cheese imports saw a rise. The cheese imports in Saudi Arabia saw an increase of 3.8% in 2017, as compared to 2016, to reach a volume of 164 thousand tonnes in milk equivalent. Saudi Arabia is also a major importer of butter in the region.
Properties and Applications
Dairy products are an important component of the daily balanced diet, and include milk and products derived from milk. They contain essential nutrients like calcium, protein, magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, and various vitamins, among others. These products have numerous health benefits due to these nutrients and help in preventing diseases like type-2 diabetes, hypertension, musculoskeletal diseases, and heart diseases, among others.
The common dairy products found in the GCC regions are:
- Fluid Milk
- UHT Milk
- Flavoured Milk
- Skimmed Milk Powder /Non-fat Dry Milk
- Whole Milk Powder
- Whey Protein (Powder and Concentrate)
- Probiotic Products
The major GCC countries covered within the region by the report are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates.
Rising population as well as the growing disposable incomes of the consumers in the region is driving the GCC dairy market. Consumers are increasingly demanding innovative and premium products like vitamin-enriched, low fat or sugar-free products. The citizens of the countries constituting GCC are also becoming aware of the health benefits of consuming milk and dairy products. The GCC dairy market is also being aided by the various government investments into technologies for more efficient handling of fresh milk, from the production to the cooling and storage stage. The changing consumption patterns in the GCC has led to increased imports of butter and cheese. The GCC dairy market is also being aided by the new investments by firms in packaged yoghurt products.
The market is being driven by rising health consciousness, especially among the women, leading to increased consumption of fermented dairy products like yoghurt and probiotic products. The influence of western culture on account of increasing expatriate population has also resulted in a change in food consumption habits, contributing to the growth of processed dairy products in the region.
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are the leading countries in the GCC dairy market. Saudi Arabia accounts for over 75% of the dairy production and consumption in the GCC region. The country is also a significant importer of dairy products from the US in the region due to domestic firms mainly focusing on producing chilled fresh dairy products like yoghurt and milk.
The report provides a detailed analysis of the following key players in the global as well as GCC dairy market, looking into their capacity, market share, and latest developments like plant turnarounds, capacity expansions, and mergers and acquisitions:
- Almarai Company
- National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
- Al Rawabi Dairy Company
- Al Ain Dairy
- Saudia Dairy & Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO)
- Nestlé S.A.
- Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited,
- Arla Foods amba
- Lactalis Group
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