So what does 2017 look like for the dairy sector, cheese importers and manufacturers? With further currency fluctuations, as well as Brexit continuing to play its part, price increases will of course be on the agenda. 

However, consumers will continue to buy with emotion over price, when it comes to certain products and speciality cheese will continue to take advantage of this. 

With 93% of cheese in the UK sold 'pre-packed' there is an opportunity to introduce new brands and flavours to the market. Can the speciality cheese sellers take advantage of this?

As in any difficult market though, innovation will continue to drive growth and this is how they must take advantage. Innovation can be simple (new packaging) through to complex new flavours. However, what will offer the quickest returns, based on trends?