- Australian consumers purchased less cheese in 2015 and retail volume sales declined by 3%. Those cheese consumers which remain however are becoming increasingly passionate about cheese, with preferences gradually shifting to more premium variants and more premium brands. This was most evident in the shift towards unpackaged hard cheese, which registered current retail value growth of 6% in 2015. Unpackaged hard cheese still only has a minor share of overall cheese consumption, but the share is growing in importance as Australian living standards improve. The desire for better quality cheese is also behind the continued decline of “other processed cheese” as consumers switch from processed cheese slices – such as Kraft Singles – to the natural, unprocessed variety. This continued shift to less price-sensitive cheese options was also evident in the average unit price of cheese, which rose from A$15.94/kg in 2014 to A$16.48/kg in 2015.
- Lion Pty Ltd became the leading player in cheese in 2013, although its retail value share slipped from 25% in 2014 to 24% in 2015. While Lion Pty Ltd experienced competitive pressure from a variety of directions, most of this share erosion came from Aldi Stores Supermarkets Pty Ltd, and therefore from the discounters channel, in which Lion does not have a presence. Lion Pty Ltd has a particularly strong presence in premium cheese categories such as unpackaged hard cheese and soft cheese, although in the latter case it is facing growing competition from Lemnos Foods, a company that is able to offer greater brand authenticity.
- Having experienced a significant increase over the last five years, 2014 and 2015 saw a correction in Australia’s cheese consumption, which is likely to remain lacklustre over the forecast period. The importance of cheese as an ingredient in home cooking will remain the primary driver of growth, with spreadable processed cheese continuing to deliver solid growth with a retail value CAGR of 2% (constant 2015 prices) expected over the forecast period, while the use of grated cheese – tracked by Euromonitor as part of packaged hard cheese – is also expected to grow. Packaged hard cheese will face a challenge however, with the declining popularity of sandwiches as a lunch option, as Australians explore more multicultural cuisines while also attempting to avoid carbohydrates. This is a trend that is already well established through foodservice, where hard cheese is expected to register a negative retail volume CAGR of 3% over the forecast period, due to a combination not only of the wealth of non-sandwich related lunch options, but to Australian workers increasingly skipping lunch.
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Table of Contents
Cheese in Australia - Category Analysis
- Table 1 Sales of Cheese by Category: Volume 2010-2015
- Table 2 Sales of Cheese by Category: Value 2010-2015
- Table 3 Sales of Cheese by Category: % Volume Growth 2010-2015
- Table 4 Sales of Cheese by Category: % Value Growth 2010-2015
- Table 5 Sales of Spreadable Processed Cheese by Type: % Value Breakdown 2010-2015
- Table 6 Sales of Unprocessed Cheese by Type: % Value Breakdown 2010-2015
- Table 7 NBO Company Shares of Cheese: % Value 2011-2015
- Table 8 LBN Brand Shares of Cheese: % Value 2012-2015
- Table 9 Distribution of Cheese by Format: % Value 2010-2015
- Table 10 Forecast Sales of Cheese by Category: Volume 2015-2020
- Table 11 Forecast Sales of Cheese by Category: Value 2015-2020
- Table 12 Forecast Sales of Cheese by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020
- Table 13 Forecast Sales of Cheese by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020
Cheese in Australia - Company Profiles
Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd in Packaged Food (Australia)
- Summary 1 Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd: Key Facts
- Summary 2 Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd: Operational Indicators
- Summary 3 Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd: Competitive Position 2015
Wesfarmers Ltd in Packaged Food (Australia)
- Summary 4 Wesfarmers Ltd: Key Facts
- Summary 5 Wesfarmers Ltd: Operational Indicators
- Summary 6 Wesfarmers Limited: Private Label Portfolio
- Summary 7 Wesfarmers Limited: Competitive Position 2014
Packaged Food in Australia - Industry Context
Growth in packaged food slows as consumers skip meals and shift to fresh food
Is this the end of the “foodie” revolution?
Aldi now the largest player within packaged food in Australia
Supermarkets dominance beginning to weaken
Value growth to return over the forecast period
KEY TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
The death of the family dinner
Australia has a snack attack
The Aldi effect
“For those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless (food) to share”
FOODSERVICE: KEY TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
Trends: Sales to Foodservice
Trends: Consumer Foodservice
- Table 14 Foodservice Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Volume 2010-2015
- Table 15 Foodservice Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2010-2015
- Table 16 Forecast Foodservice Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Volume 2015-2020
- Table 17 Forecast Foodservice Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020
- Table 18 Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Volume 2010-2015
- Table 19 Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Value 2010-2015
- Table 20 Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2010-2015
- Table 21 Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Value Growth 2010-2015
- Table 22 GBO Company Shares of Packaged Food: % Value 2011-2015
- Table 23 NBO Company Shares of Packaged Food: % Value 2011-2015
- Table 24 LBN Brand Shares of Packaged Food: % Value 2012-2015
- Table 25 Penetration of Private Label by Category: % Value 2010-2015
- Table 26 Distribution of Packaged Food by Format: % Value 2010-2015
- Table 27 Distribution of Packaged Food by Format and Category: % Value 2015
- Table 28 Forecast Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Volume 2015-2020
- Table 29 Forecast Sales of Packaged Food by Category: Value 2015-2020
- Table 30 Forecast Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020
- Table 31 Forecast Sales of Packaged Food by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020
- Summary 8 Research Sources