Market Outlook

Growing consumption of cheese and cheese derived products among consumers has fuelled the demand for class III milk in recent years. Class III milk is defined as the segment of milk which is used for producing different varieties of cheese such as American and Italian cheeses. The Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) which is regulated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has categorized the various classes of milk so as to improvise the quality of milk for various end-use industries and to present standardized pricing for the various dairy-based products. Class III milk is often utilized in various packaged food processing as well as dairy processing industries. Class III milk plays an important role in food servicing industries as a key ingredient in producing cheesy food servings which have amplified its demand in recent years. Since the products derived from of class III milk are used in various food processing and food servicing industries, class III milk is gaining traction among the leading dairy manufacturers. Due to diversifying demands, there is a considerable development in the growth and infrastructure of supply chain class III milk in the recent years which is anticipated to drive the positive growth of global class III milk market during the forecast period.

Captivating Class III Milk

The American cheeses such as farmer cheese, brick cheese, and string cheese are often combined with bread for regular consumption, which enhances the lucrative growth of global class III milk market. The increasing number of food servicing industries such as hotels, quick service restaurants, private restaurants, and cafes are the major driving factors of class III milk. Along with industrial consumption, cheese is highly consumed in households which promotes the inflating demands for class III milk. Consumers are more interested in cheese-based products as it not only improvises a simple dish to a tempting succulent but also promotes healthy metabolism. The class III milk has a rich source of calcium, proteins, magnesium, vitamin B complex, and others. Bound to all the above driving factors it is anticipated that global class II market would proliferate in terms of volume and value during the forecast period.  

Global Class III Milk Market: Market Segmentation

On the basis of nature, the global class III milk market has been segmented as:

  • Conventional
  • Organic

On the basis of end use, the global class III milk market has been segmented as:

  • American Cheese
    • Brick Cheese
    • Colby Cheese
    • Farmer Cheese
    • String Cheese
    • Humboldt Fog
    • String Cheese
    • Others
  • Italian Cheese
    • Asiago cheese
    • Pepato Cheese
    • Mozzarella cheese
    • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
    • Others

Class III Milk Market: Key Players

Some of the key players in the global class III milk market include Danone SA, Nestlé S.A, Arla Foods amba, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd.,  Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Meiji Co., Ltd., Saputo Inc., Koninklijke FrieslandCampina N.V., Lactalis S.A.,  etc. More dairy processors are showing keen interests in the class III milk the demand is increasing every year.

Opportunities for Market Participants:

As a nutrition-dense seasoning in processed food, class III milk has emerging demand among the food processors and consumers which is anticipated to create greater opportunities for the market participants of global class III milk. The increasing number of cheese consumers in households for the culinary applications is expected to fuel the demand for class III milk across the world. With reference to these factors, it is anticipated that there will be higher returns for the market participants of class III milk across the globe.

Global Class III Milk: A Regional Outlook

Class III milk is predominantly produced and processed in North America, owing to escalating demands for cheese-based snacks. In the region of Latin America, the class III milk is consumed in the form of cottage cheese households for the culinary application. Class III milk is generally utilized in packed foods and food services in the region of Asia Pacific due to higher consumption of processed food containing cheese. In the European region, increasing consumer demands on organic cheese products have fuelled the growth of class III milk over the past decade. Bound to all the above factors, it is anticipated that the class III milk would remain positive during the forecast period.

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