UK Dairy Exports

Published 3 November 17

In August 2017:

·         Latest figures show UK cheese exports were 14,938 tonnes, 592 tonnes (4%) more than in August last year.

·         UK butter exports were 1,957 tonnes in August, which is 323 tonnes (20%) more than the same month last year.  

UK dairy exports (tonnes)
  Cheese Butter
Aug-16 14,346 1,634
Aug-17 14,938 1,957
% Change 4.1% 19.8%
Jan-Aug 16 109,579 28,613
Jan-Aug 17 111,699 25,286
% Change 1.9% -11.6%

Source: PTF/HMRC

Note: All data subject to retrospective changes. There may be marginal differences in percentages due to rounding.

Cumulative exports: Jan-August 2017

·         Cumulative totals show UK cheese exports are 2% higher than last year at 111,699 tonnes. Total exports of Cheddar were down 2,766 tonnes (-5%), although there was growth in Cheddar exports to EU destinations. These grew by over 7% to total 38,813 tonnes for the first eight months of 2017. Exports of territorial cheeses were up by 8% to reach 1,857 tonnes while exports of other cheese varieties grew by 9%, amounting to an additional 4,746 tonnes.

·         UK exports of butter in the first eight months of 2017 were 25,286 tonnes, 3,327 tonnes (12%) less than a year earlier. This was largely driven by reduced exports to non-EU countries, with packet butter volumes down 2,299 tonnes (70%) to 983 tonnes and bulk butter volumes down 17% to 3,351 tonnes compared to 4,039 tonnes in the same period in 2016.

UK Dairy Exports 

Source: PTF/HMRC

 Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, back data  revised to Oct-16