The global cheese market is expected to reach market valuation of US$ 92 Bn by the year 2022, accelerating at a CAGR of 3.4% over the forecast period.

Increasing preference for healthier snack options is encouraging product developments in the market. Consumers are more concerned about portion control than giving in to another fistful of chips. In fact, nearly four out of ten consumers polled by the International Food Information Council claimed they sometimes eat snacks instead of meals (typically lunch).

Cheese is a vital nutritional component in many snack foods, serving as a full supply of protein, vitamins, and minerals. There’s also been a big drive to come up with new ideas for healthier, ready-to-eat cheese products, like cheese-flavored popcorn, puffs, and crisps, which is anticipated to boost the market in the forthcoming years.

The desire to create new cheese snack products has resulted in a demand for more intriguing flavors. Consumers want bolder flavors and more descriptive, branded items. Over the last few years, cheeses with flavors like chive and onion, truffle, dill & garlic, garlic & herb, and chilli have gained immense popularity.

Simultaneously, manufacturers are launching personalized and customized cheeses as per end-use requirements. These cheeses are beyond the conventional cheddar or mozzarella flavor and are widely being adopted in restaurants, cafes and cloud kitchens.

“Surging demand for plant-based alternatives is anticipated to drive sales of vegan cheese. In addition to this, ongoing expansion of the dairy sector in emerging economies is fueling the consumption of premium cheeses, which will augment the growth in the market,” says an FMI analyst.

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