Which Countries Export the Most Cheese?

Dairy Products February 08, 2017
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

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From 2007 to 2015, global cheese exports increased by +2.9% per year, amounting to 26.7 billion USD in 2015. In physical terms, exports on the global cheese market reached 6,380 thousand tonnes in 2015, an increase of 139 thousand tonnes against the previous year.

Fresh (unripened or uncured) cheese, including whey cheese, and curd accounted for the largest share of exports, with 1,783 thousand tonnes (28% of total exports) in 2015. It proved to be one of the most fast-growing products in terms of global exports, expanding with a CAGR of +7.6% from 2007 to 2015. It was followed by processed cheese, not grated or powdered, accounting for 9% share of total exports, with a CAGR of +2.1%.

In 2015, according to market research conducted by IndexBox, Germany (1,171 thousand tonnes), the Netherlands (841 thousand tonnes) and France (681 thousand tonnes) were the main global exporters of cheese, together comprising 42% of global exports. From 2007 to 2015, these countries had positive export dynamics: the Netherlands (+3.8%), Germany (+3.5%) and France (+1.5%).

Export prices for cheese dropped by -1.1% annually from 2007 to 2015. The highest annual rates were recorded in New Zealand (+1.7%), followed by the U.S. (+1.4%), while export prices for other countries illustrated a negative dynamic trend. The average export price for cheese stood at 4,197 USD per tonne in 2015. Export prices varied considerably by country of origin. Italy (6,903 USD/tonne) was a high priced supplier, while New Zealand (3,426 USD/tonne) and Germany (3,215 USD/tonne) were amongst the lowest.

Top 5 cheese exporting countries in 2015

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Source: World: Cheese - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025