Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Report by Category (Butter, Cheese, Cream, Dairy Desserts, Milk, Sour Milk Drinks, Yogurt), Distribution Channel (Off-Trade, On-Trade), and Region 2024-2032

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Report by Category (Butter, Cheese, Cream, Dairy Desserts, Milk, Sour Milk Drinks, Yogurt), Distribution Channel (Off-Trade, On-Trade), and Region 2024-2032

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Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market:

Saudi Arabia dairy products market size is projected to exhibit a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.69% during 2024-2032. The growing awareness among individuals about health and nutrition, coupled with the shifting dietary preferences, is primarily driving the Saudi Arabia dairy products market growth.

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Market Growth Rate (2024-2032) 3.69%

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Analysis:

  • Major Market Drivers: Growing preference for organic and hormone-free products, ongoing technological advancements, numerous cultural preferences, and rising consumers health consciousness are proliferating the market growth.
  • Key Market Trends: The launch of favorable initiatives by government bodies for promoting the consumption of dairy for its nutritional value, coupled with the escalating demand for organically sourced variants, are anticipated to propel Saudi Arabia dairy products market demand.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Water scarcity, hot climate, competition with plant-based milk, and regulatory compliance are some of the key challenges that the market is facing. However, there is a growing demand for healthy and nutritious dairy products in the country, stimulating the companies to innovate and introduce new products, thus adding to the Saudi Arabia dairy products market opportunities. This includes low-fat and fortified dairy products, as well as organic and natural options.

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Trends:

Demand for Dairy-Based Products

Saudi Arabia has experienced steady population growth over the years, driven by factors such as high birth rates and immigration. The population of Saudi Arabia reached 32.2 million in 2022, 42% of whom are foreign nationals, with 63% of Saudis under age 30. According to the latest census data, annual population growth since 2010 has been 2.5% on average, with the total population jumping 34.2% since that year. A larger population base leads to higher demand for food products, including dairy. For instance, the majority of the population in Saudi Arabia consumed milk with their tea, coffee, shakes, or other beverages. Thus, the country's per capita milk consumption increased by 1.69% between 2021 and 2022. Moreover, urbanization and the influence of Western lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary preferences. As more people move to urban areas and adopt modern lifestyles, there is a greater demand for convenience foods, including dairy-based snacks and beverages. According to the report published by UN Habitat, Saudi Arabia's cities are rapidly urbanizing, with urban populations nearly tripling from 9.32 million in 1980 to 29.8 million in 2014. Urbanization is anticipated to expand to 97.6% by 2030. Apart from this, various Saudi Arabia dairy product market companies are taking initiatives to provide premium and high-quality dairy products, which are further driving the demand for the market. For instance, in May 2024, Sawani firm opened its first outlets in Riyadh under the "Noug" name, which specialized in camel dairy products. The store would sell all of Noug's high-quality products to customers eager to reap the nutritional benefits of camel dairy products. These factors are positively influencing the Saudi Arabia dairy products market forecast.

Government Initiatives and Subsidies

The Saudi government invests in dairy industry infrastructure, including modern farms, processing facilities, and distribution networks. This helps improve efficiency, productivity, and the overall competitiveness of the dairy sector. For instance, in April 2024, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture launched an urban vertical farm project in Saudi Arabia. The ministry also aimed to launch nearly 600 to 1000 farms over the next five years. Moreover, the government provides subsidies and financial support to dairy farmers to encourage domestic production and ensure food security. These subsidies may include assistance with feed costs, veterinary services, and equipment procurement, which incentivizes farmers to expand their operations. For instance, government subsidies cover 30% of dairy farm equipment expenses, 100% of shipping costs, including airfreight for at least 50 imported cows, and 50% of the cost of irrigation engines and pumps in Saudi Arabia. In line with this, in 2023, the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, as well as the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), offered farmers attractive financing and incentives for investing in high-tech processes and technology. Nature-inclusive agricultural practices may demand significant upfront investments. ADF provided subsidies for producing organic fertilizers and other organic inputs. In addition, government-funded research and development programs support innovation in the dairy industry. This includes initiatives aimed at improving animal genetics and feed, feed efficiency, disease management, and product development. For instance, in February 2024, scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia developed a new method of producing microalgae, in order to reduce the dependence on imported animal feed products. These factors are adding to the Saudi Arabia dairy products market share.

Technological Advancements

Technological advancements enable dairy farmers in Saudi Arabia to adopt precision farming techniques. This includes the use of climate-smart technology, sensors, drones, and satellite imagery to monitor crops, soil conditions, and livestock health. For instance, in April 2023, FarmERP, an Agri-Tech company, expanded its footprints in Saudi Arabia in order to revolutionize agriculture with climate-smart technology. Moreover, modern dairy farms in Saudi Arabia are increasingly adopting automated systems for feeding, milking, and monitoring livestock. These technologies enable dairy farmers to maximize output while minimizing manual labor. For instance, in February 2020, Cainthus, a Dublin-based agtech company, launched ALUS Nutrition, which allows a producer to track accessibility of feed 24/7. Furthermore, the rising adoption of modern packaging technologies such as modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packing that assist dairy products to last longer by forming a protective barrier against oxygen, moisture, and light, is acting as one of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market recent developments. Extended shelf-life lowers food waste, increases product availability, and boosts consumer satisfaction. Several Saudi dairy firms are exploring effective packaging options. For example, in December 2023, the IFFCO Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tetra Pak, the world's biggest food processing and packaging solutions company, to advance sustainability initiatives across the group's industrial plants. The plant first focused on producing culinary creams and maximizing efficiency while ensuring quality and food safety. These factors are bolstering the Saudi Arabia dairy products market revenue.

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the market, along with forecasts at the country level for 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on category and distribution channel.

Breakup by Category:

  • Butter
    • Cultured Butter
    • Uncultured Butter
  • Cheese
    • Natural Cheese
    • Processed Cheese
  • Cream
    • Double Cream
    • Single Cream
    • Whipping Cream
    • Others
  • Dairy Desserts
    • Cheesecakes
    • Frozen Desserts
    • Ice Cream
    • Mousses
    • Others
  • Milk
    • Condensed Milk
    • Flavored Milk
    • Fresh Milk
    • Powdered Milk
    • UHT Milk
  • Sour Milk Drinks
  • Yogurt
    • Flavored Yogurt
    • Unflavored Yogurt

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the category. This includes butter (cultured butter and uncultured butter), cheese (natural cheese and processed cheese), cream (double cream, single cream, whipping cream, and others), dairy desserts (cheesecakes, frozen desserts, ice cream, mousses, and others), milk (condensed milk, flavored milk, fresh milk, powdered milk, and UHT milk), sour milk drinks, yogurt (flavored yogurt and unflavored yogurt).

According to the Saudi Arabia dairy products market overview, butter is widely used in Saudi Arabian cuisine for cooking, baking, and flavoring dishes. It is used in traditional recipes such as rice dishes, pastries, and desserts. Additionally, butter is often spread on bread or served alongside dishes for added flavor. While cheese is a versatile ingredient in Saudi Arabian cooking and is used in a variety of dishes. Soft cheeses like labneh and feta are commonly used in salads, appetizers, and sandwiches. In contrast, hard cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella are used in pasta dishes, pizzas, and savory pastries. Moreover, cream is used to enrich sauces, soups, and desserts in Saudi Arabian cuisine. It adds richness and creaminess to dishes like creamy pasta sauces, soups, and desserts such as puddings and cakes. Whipped cream is also used as a topping for desserts and beverages. Furthermore, milk is a staple beverage in Saudi Arabia and is consumed on its own or used as an ingredient in various recipes. It is commonly served with breakfast or as a refreshing drink throughout the day. Milk is also used in cooking and baking, particularly in recipes for desserts, custards, and beverages.

Breakup by Distribution Channel:

  • Off-Trade
    • Convenience Stores
    • Online Retail
    • Specialist Retailers
    • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
    • Others
  • On-Trade

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel have also been provided in the report. This includes off-trade (convenience stores, online retail, specialist retailers, supermarkets and hypermarkets, and others) and on-trade.

According to the Saudi Arabia dairy products market outlook, convenience stores are small retail outlets that offer a selection of dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, and cream. These stores cater to consumers looking for quick and convenient shopping options. Online retail platforms have gained popularity in Saudi Arabia, offering a wide range of dairy products for purchase over the internet. Consumers can order dairy items through e-commerce websites and have them delivered to their doorstep, providing convenience and accessibility. While on-trade channels, including restaurants and cafés serve dairy-based dishes and beverages to customers dining in or ordering for takeaway. Dairy products are used in various menu items such as desserts, sauces, beverages, and breakfast dishes.

Breakup by Region:

  • Northern and Central Region
  • Western Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Southern Region

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include Northern and Central Region, Western Region, Eastern Region, and Southern Region.

According to the Saudi Arabia dairy products market statistics, demand for dairy products in the Northern and Central Region is influenced by the presence of supermarkets, hypermarkets, and convenience stores catering to urban consumers. Moreover, the demand for dairy products in the Western Region is influenced by the presence of expatriate communities from various countries, contributing to the demand for international dairy products and specialty cheeses. Moreover, the eastern region experiences demand for dairy products from the petrochemical industry, as well as from the hospitality sector, due to its large expatriate population. The demand for dairy products in the Southern Region is influenced by traditional dietary habits, with a preference for locally produced dairy items, such as laban (fermented yogurt drink) and fresh milk.

Competitive Landscape:

The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Competitive analysis such as market structure, key player positioning, top winning strategies, competitive dashboard, and company evaluation quadrant has been covered in the report. Also, detailed profiles of all major Saudi Arabia dairy products market recent companies have been provided.

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Recent Developments:

  • February 2024: Almarai Co., Saudi Arabia's dairy company, announced a US$4.8 billion investment program over the next five years to diversify output and strengthen food security, including dairy, in the kingdom.
  • January 2024: Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO) launched its new depot in Makkah.

Saudi Arabia Dairy Products Market Report:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Million
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Future Market Assessment:
  • Category
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region
Categories Covered
  • Butter: Cultured Butter, Uncultured Butter
  • Cheese: Natural Cheese, Processed Cheese
  • Cream: Double Cream, Single Cream, Whipping Cream, Others
  • Dairy Desserts: Cheesecakes, Frozen Desserts, Ice Cream, Mousses, Others
  • Milk: Condensed Milk, Flavored Milk, Fresh Milk, Powdered Milk, UHT Milk
  • Sour Milk Drinks
  • Yogurt: Flavored Yogurt, Unflavored Yogurt
Distribution Channels Covered
  • Off-Trade: Convenience Stores, Online Retail, Specialist Retailers, Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Others
  • On-Trade
Regions Covered Northern and Central Region, Western Region, Eastern Region, Southern Region
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the Saudi Arabia dairy products market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the Saudi Arabia dairy products market?
  • What is the breakup of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market on the basis of category?
  • What is the breakup of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market on the basis of distribution channel?
  • What are the various stages in the value chain of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market? 
  • What are the key driving factors and challenges in the Saudi Arabia dairy products?
  • What is the structure of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market and who are the key players?
  • What is the degree of competition in the Saudi Arabia dairy products market? 

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the Saudi Arabia dairy products market from 2018-2032.
  • The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the Saudi Arabia dairy products market.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the Saudi Arabia dairy products industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

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