Low fat dairy products market have shown significant growth rate over the years due to rising health consciousness among the population coupled with adoption towards a healthier life style. There are several procedures through which fat is separated from milk. Centrifugal separation is considered as one of the effective ways to remove fat from the whole milk as it also helps to remove harmful bacteria and viruses from the milk. Creaming is another technique through which fat is separated and it includes heating of the milk in the presence of high temperatures and are then allowed to stabilize for some time in order to separate the cream from the milk.
Low fat dairy products are considered to have the same taste compared to the dairy products made up of whole milk. Prevalence of obesity and overweight among the population has resulted in a rise in demand for low fat dairy products. Low fat dairy products prevent excess weight gain when consumed in adequate amounts, thus maintaining proper weight balance. Low fat dairy products are known to provide proteins, vitamins and calcium during pregnancy. Obesity is associated with several health complications such as diabetes.
Proper nutrition and access to adequate diet are essential for child growth and development coupled with protection from several diseases which are infectious as well as non-communicable in the adult life. Dietary guidelines from health organizations and federal agencies strongly support fat free dairy foods in daily routine. Rising number of type two diabetic patients globally and rising benefits from the consumption of low fat dairy products which include prevention of hyper tension, colon cancer are driving the global low fat dairy products market.
However lack of awareness regarding the benefits associated with low fat dairy products are restraining the global low fat dairy products market during the forecast period. Manufacturers face several challenges during the methods of processing in order to retain the original taste, textures and the smell of the global low fat dairy product. The separation of fat from the milk results to decline in the tastes, textures and flavor of the milk thus affecting the original tastes adversely. Thus this factors are restraining the global low fat dairy products market.
The market for low fat dairy products has been segmented into different types and distribution channel. By type the market has been segmented into low fat butter substitute, low fat cottage cheese, low fat frozen yogurt, low fat ice cream, reduced fat margarine, fat free condensed milk and skimmed milk among others. By distribution channel the market for global low fat dairy products has been segmented into online channels and offline channels. Offline channels has been further segmented super markets and hyper markets, convenience stores and departmental stores.
In the region wise study, the global low fat dairy products has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Europe which includes countries such as Germany, France, and Italy among others captured a significant market share of global low fat dairy products market due to rising health concerns coupled with prevention of obesity and diabetes. Asia Pacific region which includes developing countries like China, India, Japan, Australia also witnessed a significant growth due to presence of large number of dairy farms in Australia coupled with adoption towards healthier life style.
Global key participants in the industry include Amul, Dairy Farmers of America, Danone, Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited, Megmilk Snow Brand Company limited, Arla Foods Ambaamong others. These players are engaged in extensive research and development activities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships in order to ensure long term sustenance in this market.
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