What can you tell me about the cheese market in Australia?

Good day,

Thank you for your inquiry.  There are many reports regarding the cheese industry that tends to be within larger commodity reports about dairy in Australia.  Below are the most relevant reports.

Report 1: Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia:  Dairy Product Manufacturing, Sep 2014

This report is detailed about the dairy industry and includes a lot of data on cheese specifically.  There is a chart that depicts raw milk utilization where 33% is used from cheese and whey products.  There is a chart depicting the production of cheese compared to other dairy products like butter, yoghurt, etc. from 2003 through 2014.  There is also a map showing the typical location of the dairy manufacturing plants on the continent and the size major companies: Bega Cheese, Fonterra, Lion, Murray Goulburn, Parmalat and WCB.

Then there is a profile of each of the top six dairy companies including quantity of raw milk purchases, revenue, employees, products, brands and number of plants. Then there is a discussion on consolidation in this industry including mergers acquisitions such as the Parmalat purchase of Harvey Fresh.

Finally, there is an overview of cheese consumption and production in Australia relative to the United States, European Union, New Zealand, China, Japan, and the Rest of the World.

“Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has indicated that food standards for raw milk cheese have led to an ‘unlevel playing field’ between foreign and domestic cheese makers” (pg 63).

— Dairy Product Manufacturing, Sep 2014


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— Dairy Product Manufacturing, Sep 201

Report 2: Dairy Situation and Outlook, Milk in Australia, Oct 2015

With regard to cheese, this report focuses more on the supermarket sales including sales volume, year-on-year growth and retail value.

“Cheese sales volumes continue to fall, declining 2.0% during the year to April. While sales of chilled cheese in most packaged formats fell, smooth or cream cheeses posted the greatest decline, followed by snacking and block cheeses. Specialty or entertaining type cheeses posted strong growth, while sales of deli cheese remained steady” (pg 15).

— Milk in Australia, Oct 2015

There are also company-level reports such as the following:

  • Devondale Murray Goulburn Quarterly Update, Milk in Australia, Mar 2016
  • Press Release, Parmalat-Investor Report, Jan 2015
  • ASX Announcement, Bega Cheese Limited-Investor Report, Feb 2016

I hope you find this useful, and can see that there is a lot of useful information available through the portal about the food industry. If you have any additional needs or questions about our reports, please feel free to contact us.