Cheese making has been a part of Spanish tradition for thousands of years, specifically in the central region of Spain known today as La Mancha. Archeology shows us that inhabitants of La Mancha were making cheese in the Bronze Ages, long before Spain existed as a country. Spain is known for flavorful cuisine, and its traditional cheeses reflect rich and varied landscapes. Sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses are common in many areas of this region, while Spain’s northern Asturias region leads the country in cow’s milk production and produces a wide variety of cow’s and mixed milk cheeses. Most of Spain focuses primarily on sheep and some goat milk cheese production, with cow’s milk cheeses being produced on the north/northwest and eastern coast regions. It’s an incredibly mountainous country; so much of the interior is not good grazing land for cows. Cheese generally stands on its own in Spain, eaten as an appetizer, hors d’oeuvre, breakfast or dessert alongside bread, fruit, membrillo (quince paste) and other accompaniments. It is not often used in traditional recipes, and consumption per-person is lower than in many other European countries. Spain’s most famous cheese is Manchego, a protected-origin designated (DOP) cheese made in the country’s La Mancha region from Manchega sheep’s milk. Mahón, Idiazábal, Cabrales, Galmesano, Queso de Burgos, Torta del Casar, Tetilla, Queso del Roncal, Zamorano, Gamoneu are some of the other famous types of cheese in Spain Cheese Market. According to the report, "Spain Cheese Market Overview, 2027," published by Bonafide Research, the market is anticipated to add USD 2.06 Billion by 2027. The increased spending power of consumers in developed economies is also expected to boost cheese sales. Furthermore, changing food preferences and an increasing number of working women are expected to fuel expansion potential in the Cheese market. Furthermore, increased consumption of pizza and other European-style fast foods appears to be one of the main trends, particularly among young people, to expand sales potential for cheese. The increasing demand for various product flavors in local cuisines drives the Spain cheese industry. Aside from that, rising consumption of authentic regional cheese in the region is fueling market expansion. Furthermore, the rising premiumization of cheese by several regional brands is supporting market expansion. According to certain study data, southern Spain has the biggest cheese consumption, totaling 94 million euros and accounting for 21.2% of overall Spanish consumption. It is followed by Central-Eastern Spain, with revenues of 74 million euros, or 16.8% of the total, and the Madrid metropolitan area, with revenues of 58.1 million euros, or 13.2% of the total. Northeast Spain ranks fourth with 51.4 million euros (11.7%), Northwest Spain fifth with 46.5 million euros (10.5%), Northern Spain sixth with 43.2 million euros (9.7%), Barcelona metropolitan region seventh with 38.8 million euros (8.7%), and Central Spain last with 36.7 million euros (8.2%). Supermarkets and hypermarkets dominate the Spain Cheese Market due to the convenience of having all products in one area and many selections at the same time. Mercadona, Carrefour, Alcampo, and Eroski are the largest hypermarkets and supermarkets in Spain. Mercadona, the country's largest grocery chain, has more than 1,500 outlets. In recent years, there has been a tremendous increase in internet usage and the use of e-commerce websites to acquire culinary items that include cheese. Carrefour, Walmart, Amazon, and other well-known vertical specialists are attracted to the market. Spain has a population of 47.33 million people, with 23.29 million men and 24.04 million women. The majority of the population, 30.98 million people, is between the ages of 15 and 65. People in urban areas outnumber those in rural areas by 38.34 million. According to the World Bank, Spain's GDP will be $1.43 trillion USD, with an inflation rate of 3.1% and a per capita income of $30,115.7. The average price of cheese in 2020 will be roughly 7.48 euros per kilograms. In 2021, the price of cheese in Spain has risen by 18 cents to 7.66 euros. In 2021, the average person in Spain consumed 7.84 kg of cheese. Due to declining per capita & rising inflation rate consumption of cheese is getting affected which acts as a limitation to growth of cheese market in Spain. Some of the leading participants in the Spain Cheese Market include Groupe Lactalis SA, Granarolo SpA, Zanetti SpA, and Latteria Soresina SCA. Danone is the most popular brand, followed by Arias and Kraft. Lactalis, Nestlé, Central Lechera Asturiana, and Clesa are among the other popular brands. The greater fat content of cheese is anticipated to be one of the notable elements among other restrictions that are limiting growth potential in the global cheese industry. Because of the negative health impacts of the higher fat content, cheese consumption is limited among the obese population. Covid-19 Impact: During the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the business was severely disrupted due to changing demand. The worldwide lockdowns prompted the foodservice industry to close, cutting demand for all processed food goods dramatically. Furthermore, costs are likely to reduce as high-quality products become less desirable. In contrast, increased adoption of low-cost varieties at wholesale prices from retail shops for home cooking is expected to balance the supply chain. Following the pandemic, the Cheese market is likely to benefit from the re-establishment of the foodservice sector and renewed cheese processing capacity. Considered in this report • Geography: Spain • Historic year: 2016 • Base year: 2021 • Estimated year: 2022 • Forecast year: 2027 Aspects covered in this report • Spain Cheese market with its value and forecast along with its segments • Various drivers and challenges • On-going trends and developments • Top profiled companies • Strategic recommendation By Product • Mozzarella • Cheddar • Feta • Parmesan • Roquefort • Others By Source • Animals • Plants By Type • Natural • Processed By Distribution Channel • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets • Convenience Stores • Specialty Stores • Online retail • Others The approach of the report: This report consists of a combined approach of primary as well as secondary research. Initially, secondary research was used to get an understanding of the market and listing out the companies that are present in the market. The secondary research consists of third party sources such as press releases, annual report of companies, analyzing the government generated reports and databases. After gathering the data from secondary sources primary research was conducted by making telephonic interviews with the leading players about how the market is functioning and then conducted trade calls with dealers and distributors of the market. Post this we have started doing primary calls to consumers by equally segmenting consumers in regional aspects, tier aspects, age group, and gender. Once we have primary data with us we have started verifying the details obtained from secondary sources. Intended audience This report can be useful to industry consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, associations & organizations related to Cheese industry, government bodies and other stakeholders to align their market-centric strategies. In addition to marketing & presentations, it will also increase competitive knowledge about the industry.
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