The global fromage frais and quark market was valued at USD 11.89 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% from 2022 to 2030. The global market is expected to showcase promising growth shortly driven by rising consumption of cheese and dairy-based products among consumers and shifting consumer preference for food containing less fat and cholesterol for protein enrichment. The intrinsic nutritious qualities of quark, which have been demonstrated to be a superior alternative for yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products, are the potential growth factors for the market and are anticipated to propel the global sector.
According to International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), manufactured and processed cheese consumption has increased drastically with annual production exceeding 2 billion pounds a year. The worldwide quark and fromage frais market are expanding as a result of the growing demand for healthy snacks with high protein and no added sugar and improved product launches. Growing health awareness, changing lifestyles, and increasing instances of lactose allergies are expected to create consumer awareness driving them to opt for fromage frais and quark as dairy alternatives.
The disruption of COVID-19 had a mixed impact on the global market with companies facing supply chain and logistics disruptions. Due to the shutdown of appropriate distribution channels all over the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the COVID-19 pandemic had a substantial impact on the supermarket/hypermarket category.
However, government aid in controlling the demand for necessities had a minor effect on the expansion of the global market assisted by the rise in the adoption of online distribution channels. The pandemic highlighted the significance of diet for the body's immune system and general health. Demand for fromage frais and quark surged as consumers have become more health-conscious, and eliminated carbs, fats, and sugary drinks in favor of nutritionally balanced and nutritious products.
The market for fromage frais and quark is witnessing strong growth as a result of the enormous surge in customer preference for traditional dairy products. A rise in the demand for high-protein dairy products with low fat and calorie contents is also boosting growth throughout the forecast period of 2022 to 2030.
Quark's natural nutritional qualities have been demonstrated to be superior to yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products, and are anticipated to be significant growth drivers for the worldwide quark and fromage frais market. Additionally, the growing demand for healthy snacks with high protein with no added sugar and the introduction of novel products are fostering market expansion.
As a result of constantly changing lifestyles, consumers have started shifting towards nutritious and healthier versions of dairy-based products. As customers look for quick and convenient healthy choices, fromage frais and quark products are expected to witness high demand. This is expected to offer food producers and suppliers an opportunity to offer foods with naturally high nutritional values. In addition to this, the rising disposable incomes in Asia Pacific are boosting the need for quick-to-use, nutritional, and healthful products. Developing economies present significant opportunities for global market players.
The fromage frais and quark contain low lactose content and there have been lactose-free quark options on the market. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) estimates that around 65 % of individuals worldwide are susceptible to lactose intolerance. As a result of this, the adoption of lactose-free food products has increased over the period. It has been shown that lactose intolerance affects approximately 90% of individuals in East Asia.
A significant driver that is anticipated to fuel the growth and demand for lactose-free goods is the rise in health consciousness and wellness concerns among consumers. The product combination of a packed diet with quark and fromage frais is ideal for a morning meal and a quick snack, contributing to the market's expansion. Quark is filled with rich nutrients such as Calcium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B. These fromage frais and quark health benefits act as drivers for the expansion of the global market.
The supermarket/hypermarket segment dominated the global market and accounted for a market share of around 60% in 2021. Due to their extensive product offerings and strong brand recognition, supermarkets and hypermarkets are the preferred distribution channel for Fromage Frais and Quark products. This distribution channel allows customers to browse a variety of available options.
Additionally, the market is anticipated to boom soon due to the expansion in the retail area and the growing number of supermarket outlets globally. Supermarkets and hypermarkets are large-sized retail outlets that offer multiple products under one roof. In developed regions including Europe and North America, supermarkets and hypermarkets are more prevalent than it is in developing regions.
According to Good Food Institute (GFI), eggs and dairy-based products are witnessing an upsurge in demand in supermarkets and hypermarkets. Additionally, these establishments' enormous access to cold storage, which is essential for maintaining the practical usefulness of perishable dairy products, increases the appeal of manufacturers toward an individual point of sale.
The online distribution channel is estimated to register a CAGR of 3.1% from 2022 to 2030. A rise in the number of online platforms and key initiatives by market players to showcase and launch new product lines through online platforms is one of the primary reasons driving the growth of the segment. Additionally, consumer inclination toward online sales channels has grown sharply in recent years driven by easy online purchases, easy access to products, and an increase in the number of brands offering a variety of products.
According to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADHB), the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the trend toward online sales and online dairy volume rose 71% during the pandemic and this trend is going to continue in the coming years. Additionally, a range of services offered by e-retailers such as cash-on-delivery discounted offers, and coupons are expected to promote the growth of online sales channels in coming years. Additionally, the rise in the penetration of smartphones and high-speed internet is expected to facilitate the growth of online distribution channels.
Europe dominated the industry and accounted for over 50% of the share in 2021 on account of the rising popularity of traditional dairy products, growing health consciousness, and rise in the demand for nutritive food among youth and millennials. Due to its French heritage, Quark has significant popularity among the nation's traditional customers.
Customers choose to include quark in their diets due to the nutritional advantages it offers over other dairy products and dairy substitutes. Increasing cases of lactose intolerance coupled with rising issues associated with harmful additives used while making cheese and other dairy products are anticipated to boost the demand over the forecast period.
North America is expected to showcase significant growth over the forecast period on account of consumer awareness regarding the high nutritional contents of fromage frais and quark coupled with growing health consciousness. The regional market has expanded as a result of the high popularity of e-commerce portals and online distribution channels. Increasing consumer demand for flavored fromage frais and quark has further elevated the demand.
Asia Pacific is estimated to register a CAGR of 3.4% from 2022 to 2030. The demand in the Asia Pacific area is anticipated to increase as a result of growing disposable incomes and expanding populations in developing nations like India, China, and Japan. Quark and fromage frais are used to make a variety of foods and desserts, which is anticipated to boost the regional industry over the projected period.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, world trade in milk products rose in 2020 driven by Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Additionally, the constantly rising need for healthy foods and beverages in the region backed by the demand for cheese alternatives is expected to contribute to the growth.
The market is competitive due to the presence of domestic and international market players. Some of the major companies that are actively operating in the market are Nestlé SA, First Milk Limited, Arla Foods, Müller Group, Barambah Organics Pty Ltd, Lactalis, Savencia SA, Tesco Plc., General Mills Inc., and Frischli Milchwerke GmbH. These companies are actively participating in mergers and acquisitions and product innovation. These top players may continue to rule the sector due to the aforementioned tactics over other local players.
In November 2021, Lactaclis Group (Lactalis) acquired a portfolio of The Kraft Heinz Company’s Breakstone’s, Knudsen, Cracker Barrel, and Breakstone’s license to use Kraft Brand in grated, natural, and flavored cheese business and will operate as Lactalis Heritage Dairy. The firm aims to strengthen its footprints in the global industry with this acquisition
In April 2022, First Milk partnered with Ornua Foods UK to continue with the British cheddar and dairy-based products to Ornua Foods UK on a long-term basis and deliver high-quality and sustainable cheese through British retailers
In September 2021, Nestlé unveiled its plan to invest CHF 1.2 billion over the next five years to promote regenerative agriculture across the company’s manufacturing line to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With this initiative, Nestlé aims to form the foundation of sustainable food production and contribute to its ambition to achieve climate targets
Some prominent players in the global fromage frais and quark market include:
First Milk Limited
Barambah Organics Pty Ltd
General Mills Inc.
Frischli Milchwerke GmbH
Market size value in 2022
USD 12.16 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 15.10 billion
CAGR of 2.7% from 2022 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2020
2022 - 2030
Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Distribution channel, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Australia; South Korea; South Africa; Brazil
Key companies profiled
Nestlé SA; First Milk Limited; Arla Foods; Müller Group; Barambah Organics Pty Ltd; Lactalis; Savencia SA; Tesco Plc.; General Mills Inc.; and Frischli Milchwerke GmbH
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This report forecasts growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segment from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global fromage frais and quark market report based on distribution channel and region:
Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)
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Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global fromage frais and quark market size was estimated at USD 11.89 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 12.16 billion in 2022.
b. The global fromage frais and quark market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.7% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 15.10 billion by 2030.
b. Europe dominated the fromage frais and quark market with a share of 38.0% in 2021. The high share of the region is attributed to various factors such as growing demand for nutritive food, rising health concerns, and increasing popularity of traditional dairy products.
b. Some of the key players operating in the fromage frais and quark market include Nestlé SA, First Milk Limited, Arla Foods, Müller Group, Barambah Organics Pty Ltd, Lactalis, Savencia SA, Tesco Plc., General Mills Inc., Frischli Milchwerke GmbH
b. The fromage frais and quark market is driven by the increased intake of dairy-based products along with changing preference of consumers toward food products that are enriched with protein and have low cholesterol & fat content.
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