The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Cheese Manufacturing global market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at an international level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
Groupe Lactalis $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2011 - 2016
Annual Growth
2016 - 2021
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher disposable income levels and stable input prices will increase demand for cheese
  • Economic growth and rising affluence in emerging markets are stimulating cheese consumption
  • Industry revenue and profitability are largely guided by volatility in the price of milk
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Global Cheese Manufacturing industry is affected by the cost of its key input, dairy products. A spike in dairy prices, coupled with decreased disposable income during the recession, caused revenue to decline in the past five years; however, as emerging economies begin exporting more cheese as their diets begin to westernize, industry revenue will increase...

    Industry Locations


    Europe is expected to account for 51.9% of industry revenue and 51.6% of cheese manufactured by volume. Germany accounts for the highest cheese production in Europe, followed by France, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. The European Cheese Manufacturing industry has expanded during the past five years at a slower rate than most other regions. This is not only because the market for cheese is more stable in Europe but also because it is increasing from a larger base than in other regions.

    North America

    North America is expected to account for the second-largest proportion of production generating about 32.5% of industry revenue and making about 30.6% of cheese by volume. The..

    Additional Insights for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Product differentiation and innovation
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of wheat and Global consumer spending in the Global Cheese Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry?

    The industry encompasses natural and processed dairy-based cheese production. It excludes the manufacturing of plant-based cheese products, as well as other dairy products.

    Industry Products
    Cheddar and cheddar types
    Mozzarella and semi-soft cheeses
    Processed cheese products
    Cream and soft cheeses
    Fresh and natural cheeses
    Goat and sheep cheese varieties
    Industry Activities
    Cheese from cow milk
    Cheese from sheep milk
    Cheese from goat milk
    Cheese from buffalo milk
    Cheese from other animal milk

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of wheat
  • Global consumer spending
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Global population

  • Current Performance
  • Employment up despite automation
  • Product innovation and consumer trends
  • Industry structure and trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued globalization
  • Environmental and regulatory constraints
  • Table: Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Wholesale Trade
  • Global Convenience Store Chains
  • Global Supermarkets
  • Global Fast Food Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Global Milk & Cream Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Cheddar and cheddar types
  • Mozzarella and semi-soft cheeses
  • Processed cheese products
  • Cream and soft cheeses
  • Fresh and natural cheeses
  • Goat and sheep cheese varieties
  • Other
  • Chart: Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Income
  • Price
  • Health, nutritional and dietary preferences
  • Culture and tradition
  • Demographics

  • Major Markets
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets
  • Foodservice industry and food processors
  • Convenience stores
  • Discount stores and other specialty retailers, including farmers mar
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Cheese Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Price and quality
  • Innovation and differentiation
  • Relationship with key suppliers
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Groupe Lactalis
  • Table: Groupe Lactalis - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Cheese Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of milk (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A dairy product obtained by curdling (coagulating) milk with rennet or an edible acidic substance, such as lemon juice or vinegar, and then draining off the liquid portion (called whey).
  • Pasteurization
  • A process that slows microbial growth in food.
  • Probiotics
  • Live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism.
  • Rennet
  • A natural complex of enzymes produced in any mammalian stomach to digest the mother's milk, and is often used in the production of cheese.
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