Cheese is a dairy product which is derived from the processing of milk which is further ripened to give a wide range of flavours, textures, and aroma to the end product. It is a vital and indispensable part of the wide range of fast food and also a key ingredient for daily meals in few regions. The production of cheese involves enzymatic and acid activities. The ageing of cheese gives the desired final product. Cheese is derived from various milk sources like cow, buffalo, sheep and goat. While production, the milk is curdled by adding acids like vinegar and lemon juice. There are numerous variety of cheese produced globally and is considered as a rich source of calcium, protein, phosphorous, sodium and saturated fat. Cheese is more compact and has a longer shelf life than milk. In cases of flavoured cheese, herbs, spices and wood smokes are used as flavouring agents. Cheese is valued for its probability and long life. The popularity of cheese is based on its multipurpose applications across food industries. The growing demand of food products, growth of retail outlets, and increasing preferences for fast food products is driving demand for flavoured cheese market.
The flavoured cheese market can be segmented on the basis of type, product and region.
On the basis of type flavoured cheese market, is segmented into natural cheese and processed cheese. Due to high demand of customers, natural cheese is dominating the market due to its flavor and texture. Processed cheese is about to curlicue the flavoured cheese market in forecasted period due to its increasing demand in fast food centers for burgers, pizza, hamburgers and hot dog.
On the basis of product flavoured cheese market is segmented into mozzarella, cheddar, feta, roquefort and others. Cheddar cheese is widely in demand as it has long shelf life compared to mozzarella. Therefore, cheddar cheese is dominating the flavoured cheese market. Feta and Roquefort are liable to prosper the flavoured cheese market growth in future years due to its property of flavor enhancement.
North America is the largest cheese producer across the globe, and holds significant shares in flavoured cheese market due to enormous usage in fast food. Followed by Europe, which is also one of the largest consumer of cheese due to its huge consumption of cheese in daily meals and maximum recipes are made from cheese as it enhances great taste and texture. Asia Pacific is also expected to follow the trend in future due to the growing western fast food trend which is anticipated to drive the market for flavoured cheese. India holds the largest market share in Asia Pacific flavoured cheese market.
Flavoured cheese have become increasingly popular due to its great taste in recent years and as cheese is a very vital and one of the key ingredient for food in many regions, the availability of various types of cheese with different types of flavours is driving the market growth and expected to continue in future. Consumers who are looking for weight gain can consume cheese in large quantities as cheese consists of high protein content which apart from weight gain also helps in building up bone strength. These factors are fuelling the growth of flavoured cheese market with rise in number of population adopting the cheese diet.
On the other side, cheese has high fat content due to which it is consumed in limited quantities and it’s not being much used in the population of obese people, which may hamper the growth of the flavoured cheese market over the forecasted years.