The cheese packaging market is estimated to reach at high CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
Cheese Packaging acts as a barrier for moisture, oxygen, and aroma transfer while locking in freshness. The various types of cheese available in the market, such as soft cheese, semi-soft cheese, blue cheese, flavored cheese, natural cheese and others cater to the need for different types of packaging. The products for cheese packaging include foil, wraps, containers, lid, foils, boxes and other types as well. The packaging materials are generally made up of plastic, paper, aluminium and glass.
The global cheese packaging market growth is driven by increasing consumption of cheese products, demand for eco-friendly packaging and rising demand from the fast-food industry.
Increasing consumption of cheese products
The cheese packaging market is expected to drive with the increasing consumption of cheese products. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, dairy per capita consumption across products has been increasing each year, with 2019 up 6% over the past five years and 10% over the past 15 years. The cheese domestic per capita consumption is increased by 19% over the past decade. The increasing consumption of cheese is expected to create demand for the cheese packaging market
The companies have been expanding their production with increasing demand for cheese. For instance, in 2021, Texas Gov. Greg announced the expansion of Great Lakes Cheese with the establishment of new packaging and distribution facility in Abilene, Texas. Great Lakes Cheese is a manufacturer of bulk, shredded, and sliced cheese will invest $185 million investment for the expansion. Moreover, Rumiano Cheese Company, an organic and artisanal cheese manufacturer, has begun construction on its new 46,766- processing and packaging plant in Willows, California.
The adverse impact of plastic and non-biodegradable packing materials
The cheese packaging market is impacted by the adverse impact of plastic and non-biodegradable packing materials. The rising concerns for the use of non-biodegradable materials for cheese packaging have raised concerns for more sustainable packaging solutions and can hamper the market demand. On the contrary, the cheese packaging manufacturers have been shifting to recyclable plastic and other packaging materials.
For instance, in 2019, FrieslandCampina has developed a fully recyclable and lighter version of cheese packaging as part of its efforts towards the 2025 sustainability goal. According to the company, this move will decrease more than 300,000kg of plastic per year and can be reused in other applications.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Due to the pandemic, stakeholders across the cheese packaging industry have seen a notable impact as all the production work, factories and other activities were closed. As a result, production was hindered by halts and supply chain disruption globally. After the pandemic, the governments still impose various restrictions, such as working with half the workforce and fewer operating hours hindering the production cycle of the market.
The governments have been encouraging the use of cheese to minimize losses. For instance, the Canadian government has increased the borrowing capacity of the Canadian Dairy Commission by 200 million Canadian dollars to store and purchase more cheese and butter. Also, European Commission has called out “the disturbance in the cheese market” and agreed to pay for the storage of cheese, with increasing cheese consumption. The cheese packaging market growth is expected to return on track in the upcoming months.
By material, the cheese packaging market is broadly classified into plastic, steel, paper and glass.
The plastic cheese packaging is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period (2021-2028)
Plastic cheese packaging is expected to hold the largest market for cheese packaging market and are expected to continue their dominance in the forecast period. Plastic materials provide a skintight fit, enabling cheese to develop its texture and a natural flavor while retaining color during curing. The vacuum protection offers a barrier to oxygen and helps cheese maintain proper moisture levels. The plastic cheese packaging can be used for mozzarella, semi-hard cheese, cheddar, and fresh cheese.
The manufacturers are working on recyclable plastic cheese packaging options due to the increased demand for eco-friendly packaging material. For instance, in 2021, Mondi and Hazeleger have developed a mono-material packaging solution for Westland Kaas’ Maaslander cheese slices. The packaging will eliminate the use of mixed material film in the Netherland, which were difficult to recycle. Moreover, in 2020, Berry Global Group, Inc collaborated with Mondelēz International to supply packaging containing recycled plastic for Philadelphia, cream cheese. The package uses plastic material recovered using advanced recycling technology.
North America region holds the largest market for global cheese packaging globally
North America region holds the largest market share for the cheese packaging market globally and is expected to continue its dominance in the forecast period. The US is the largest consumer of cheese globally with 6.1 million tons annually, accounting for 24% of total volume. Moreover, the increasing consumption of cheese in other countries like Canada's average consumption of cheese reached 12.5 kilograms per person in 2020, an increase of over 15% since 2010 is boosting the market demand for cheese packaging market in the region. The market is expected to drive with further expansion in the Cheese market. For instance, in 2021, US-based Ronin Equity Partners has completed the acquisition of three speciality cheese companies: Red Apple Cheese, which produces flavored, smoked and kosher speciality cheeses; Barron County Cheese, a smoker and Cheese Brothers, an eCommerce cheese business.
Europe is also a significant consumer of cheese and related products lead by Denmark, France, Italy, Germany and Netherland. The region seeks high demand for cheese packaging products for the industry. Some of the recent developments in the region include, in 2021- GEA has launched its SKIN thermoforming packaging technology: PowerPak SKIN. 50. The product provides processors of sliced products, including hard cheese, with high-capacity packing of products. Moreover, in 2021, Tetra Pak has entered into a strategic collaboration with Rockwell Automation to provide advanced cheese and powder solutions.
The cheese packaging market is highly competitive with the local player’s presence, followed by the global companies, contributing to the significant share in the market growth. In addition, some of the key players contributing to the growth of the market are IPI S.r.l., Amcor Plc, FrieslandCampina, Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH, Ulma Packaging, Berry Global Inc., Winpak Ltd, RPC Group Plc, Mondi Group, ePac Holdings, LLC, Sonoco Product Company, GEA Group, Schur Flexibles, Sealed Air Company and others. Furthermore, the major players are adopting various new strategies to dominate the market, such as expansions, acquisitions and collaborations, contributing to the growth of the cheese packaging market globally.
Overview: IPI S.r.l. is the leading supplier of aseptic carton packaging for the liquid food industry. The company has been offering complete systems, including innovative aseptic packaging materials, filling machines and tailored technical service support. The company operates in over 50 countries, supporting beverage brands in launching products on the market.
Product Portfolio: The Company offers a wide range of products under packages, packaging material, packaging line and openings & closures category.
Key Development: In 2021, Al Fayoum, an Egyptian dairy company, started a partnership with IPI S.r.l for the Feta cheese packaging in 125 and 250 brick cartons. The feta cheese packaging has been used by producing types of typical Egyptian cheese manufacturers.
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