Top Players in the Global Cheese Market

Jun 01, 2022

Top Players in the Global Cheese Market

The global cheese market size reached US$ 77.6 in 2021. Cheese is a dairy product made by coagulating the protein casein obtained from cow, goat, sheep, and buffalo milk. It is a rich source of nutrients, such as phosphorous, calcium, zinc, vitamin A and B12, and high-quality proteins that are vital for building strong bones and muscles. It also has a longer shelf life as compared to other dairy products. Moreover, as a large variety of cheese is produced in different parts of the globe, its color, taste, and texture depend on the milk, pasteurization process, butterfat content, bacteria, mold, processing, and aging.

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top cheese companies are introducing novel varieties of cheese in attractive packaging to strengthen their foothold in the market. They are also introducing low- or zero-fat cheese variants to attract health-conscious consumers. In addition, several key players are investing in aggressive promotional strategies to create awareness among consumers in untapped markets. Besides this, various companies are investing in novel machinery to address packaging, sanitation, halloumi, wastewater discharge, and processing concerns and tackle moisture control. Additionally, they are launching lactose-free and vegan cheese, to cater to the escalating demand for vegan food items. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market value to reach US$ 113.3 Billion, expanding at a CAGR of 6.31% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

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Top Companies Operating in the Cheese Industry Worldwide:

Lactalis Group

Establishment: 1933
Headquarters: Mayenne, France

Lactalis Group is a dairy products company that operates through 250 production sites established in 50 countries. It is the largest producer of cheese globally, with 80,000 employees. Besides this, the company has acquired other titles to target a broader customer base and maintain its position in the global market. For instance, in 2020, Lactalis acquired a US-based food company cheese brands of Kraft Heinz:

  • Breakstone’s 
  • Polly-O
  • Hoffman’s 
  • Cracker Barrel 
  • Knudsen 
  • Athenos 

Moreover, some of the other brands operating under the umbrella of Lactalis include Societe, Seriously, Bridel, Santal, Pride, Valbreso, and Smeds.


Establishment: 2001
Headquarters: New Zealand

Fonterra is the second-largest producer of cheese across the globe that also sells milk, butter, and ice cream. It currently markets products in 140 countries, employs more than 22,000 people, and operates over 50 manufacturing sites across the globe. The company mainly sells its cheese and cheese products under the brand names: 

  • Bega 
  • Galaxy 
  • Kapiti 
  • Mainland 
  • NZMP
  • Perfect Italiano 

At present, Fonterra is adopting innovative methods to promote its products in the market. For instance, NZMP, one of its subsidiaries, manufactures natural cheese without including any artificial additives for processing to cater to the escalating demand for organic and natural products.

Friesland Campina

Establishment: 1871
Headquarters: the Netherlands

Friesland Campina is one of the largest dairy companies in Europewhich offers a wide range of cheese, ingredients, infant nutrition, dairy-based beverages, cream and butter, and half-finished products. Some of the popular cheese brands of Friesland Campina include:

  • Frico 
  • Friesland Campina Ingredients 
  • Parrano 
  • Milner 
  • Napolact 
  • A Dutch Masterpiece
  • Landliebe 
  • Noynoy 
  • North-Holland Gouda Cheese
  • Royal Hollandia 
  • Tuffi 

Over the years, Friesland Campina has been making several efforts to maintain its standing in the global market. For instance, in 2020, the company redesigned its cheese brand, A Dutch Masterpiece, with new packaging and a refurbished website. The brand has included identifiable works of eminent Dutch painters on the packaging with informative labeling on tasting notes.

Dairy Farmers of America

Establishment: 1998
Headquarters: the United States

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a prominent dairy cooperative based in the United States (US). It is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components, and ingredients and a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. The company produces and markets a wide range of butter, sweetened condensed milk, cheese, and powders for retail, wholesale, and industrial purposes. DFA sells its cheese collection through various brands, including:

  • Cache Valley 
  • Borden Cheese
  • La Vaquita 

Presently, the company mainly operates in seven areas in the country, with 18,000 employees.

Arla Foods

Establishment: 1881
Headquarter: Denmark

Arla Foods is a Denmark-based international cooperative company that manufactures and supplies numerous dairy products across the globe. It primarily manufactures cheese, cream, spreads, milk powders, butter, proteins, milk, yogurt, and beverages. Besides this, the company also sells cooking products, including sauces, fermented cooking products, salad, soups, and cooking fats and cooking ingredients. In recent years, Arla has expanded its production capacity across the globe. For instance, Arla Foods inaugurated its new cheese manufacturing plant in Bahrain in 2019 to address the escalating demand across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Savencia SA

Headquarter: France

Savencia SA, also known as Savencia Fromage and Dairy, offers numerous cheese specialties and dairy ingredients. It operates in 31 countries with a workforce of more than 21,000 employees. The company offers high-quality cheese, cream, and butter in the retail sector. For the foodservice sector, it sells cream and technical butter and develops cheese sauces and cheese in portions, particularly for pastry cooks and chefs. Besides this, the company also supplies milk-based nutritional and functional ingredients to the pharmaceutical, infant formula, and feed industries.


About IMARC Group: IMARC Group is a leading market research and consulting company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. The company has done multiple projects in the global cheese industry and regional India, Asia PacificGCC, and Latin America, which has enabled clients to set up and expand their businesses successfully. Some of the company’s offerings include:

  • Market Research
  • Plant setup
  • Plant Expansion
  • Marketing and sales
  • Procurement and Distribution
  • Innovation and Product Development

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