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Cheese is the most important ingredient used in pizza making. The pizza consumption has grown in recent years which led to a simultaneous rise in the consumption of pizza cheese. The cheese category has witnessed a significant change in the years as various types of cheese are used in pizza such as mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan and others. The pizza cheese is widely incorporated in various convenience foods other than pizza such as in pasta, lasagne as it imparts sour and buttery flavour to the products. Various manufacturers utilize the pizza cheese to launch innovative food products due to the increasing consumer demands.
The increase in the number of working population have led to significant rise in the consumption of pizza and other fast-foods owing to the convenience offered by them. Also, there has been a rise in the per capita consumption of pizza cheese due to its growing popularity among all the age groups.
The quick-service restaurants offer variety of tasteful pizza cheese-based products such as ravioli and ratatouille with new flavours and toppings and this factor has also fuelled its demand among the consumers.
The change in the buying pattern of the consumers due to their fast-paced lifestyles have led to the increase in consumption of fast foods. The consumption of cheese and cheese-based products has widely increased due to its taste and flavour. In recent years there has been significant rise in the global cheese consumption; for instance, in 2018 cheese consumption increased by 0.8% from its prior year. The growing number of fast-food chains serving pizza has also contributed in the pizza cheese market growth.
The negative health effects associated with consumption of high-fat containing food products like cheese, hampers the global pizza cheese market growth. The rising incidences of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol has led the consumers to shift towards low-fat food. According to International Diabetes Federation, in 2019, around 463 million adults suffered from diabetes and the number are expected to increase by up to 700 million by 2045.
Key Market Driver -
Rise in Consumption of Fast Foods
Key Market Restraint -
Negative Health Impacts Associated with High Fat Containing Foods
The key companies operating in the global pizza cheese market are Leprino Foods Company, Arla Foods amba, BEL SA, Granarolo S.p.A., Sabelli S.p.a., Saputo Inc., EMMI GROUP, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Agrial Group, and Parag Milk Foods Ltd.
The global pizza cheese market is segmented by product type, application and geography. The mozzarella cheese type held the major share in the global pizza cheese market as it is the most widely used cheese in pizzas. The mozzarella cheese is mainly used due to its soft texture, mild flavour and ability to blend with different types of cheese. For instance, Mozzarella cheese is blended with provolone for pizza making traditional pepperoni and many others. The cheddar cheese is expected to witness a significant growth in the upcoming years as it is comparatively cheap and melts at faster rate.
On the basis of application, the ready-to-eat/cook meals is leading the segment due to its incorporation in various products such as frozen pizza and frozen lasagne which save the preparation and cooking time. Pizza cheese is also added to soups and condiments as it imparts a creamy texture to it.
North America is witnessing a robust growth and is expected to hold a major share in the pizza cheese market. The pizza consumption is the most trending food in the countries such as the U.S. and Canada and witnesses demand growth for cheese-based food products. According to a survey data by the United States Department of Agriculture, there was a 22.6-pound increase in the per-capita cheese consumption in 2017. The rise in production of pizza cheese in the region has contributed in its supply chain and increased exports, thus fuelling its regional market growth.
Europe is observing substantial rise in the pizza cheese due to wide consumption of pizza in the region. France, the U.K. and the Netherlands are among the highest consumers of pizza cheese. European countries such as Germany and the U.K. rank among the world’s largest importer of cheese. The increase in consumption of convenience food in the region has aided in the pizza cheese sales performance.
Asia Pacific region is witnessing significant growth in the pizza cheese market owing to the increase in population and the per capita consumption of fast foods. The rapid urbanization and acceptance of westernized culture has led to the incorporation of commodities such as pizza cheese in various food products. Pizza and other cheese based products are widely consumed by the younger cohort in the region thereby propelling its regional market growth.
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