UK Dairy Trade Balance

Published 26 February 19

Milk production stayed at relatively high levels in 2018, supporting growth in exports. Raw milk, butter, cheese and milk powders all saw higher exports, while cream and condensed milk exports fell on the year. Cheese saw the largest export growth of over 18,000 tonnes, while cream and condensed milk exports both fell by 3,000 tonnes in 2018 on previous year levels.

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UK Dairy Trade Balance - Article

 

Imports of raw milk, butter and milk powders fell, while imports of cheese, cream and condensed milk grew. Cheese saw the largest rise in imports, up 23,000 tonnes on the year.

 

    2016 2017 2018 2017-18 change (%)
(MILLION LITRES)        
Raw Milk (a) Production 14,123 14,708 14,744 0.2%
Imports 117 232 227 -2%
Exports 607 799 832 4%
Domestic use 13,632 14,141 14,139 -0.01%
           
('000 TONNES)        
Butter (b) Production 143 161 151 -6%
Imports 99 90 84 -7%
Exports 65 55 62 14%
Domestic Use (c) 178 197 174 -12%
           
Cheese Production 442 457 472 3%
Imports 489 494 517 5%
Exports 164 172 190 11%
Domestic Use 766 779 798 2%
           
Cream (d) Production 273 290 322 11%
Imports 29 28 32 13%
Exports 21 27 24 -10%
Domestic Use 281 291 330 13%
           
Condensed Milk (e) Production 96 100 121 21%
Imports 46 49 51 4%
Exports 19 10 7 -32%
Domestic Use 123 139 165 19%
           
Milk Powders (f) Production 112 116 78 -33%
Imports 63 60 56 -8%
Exports 115 115 126 10%
Domestic Use (c) 60 62 8 -88%

 

 

(a) Raw milk data is aggregated  from surveys run by Defra, RERAD and DARDNI, on the utilisation of milk by dairies.

(b) Includes butterfat and oil, dehydrated butter and ghee

(c) Includes stock changes

(d) Fresh, frozen and sterilised

(e) Includes condensed milk used in the production of chocolate crumb and in the production of sweetened and unsweetened machine skimmed milk.

(f) Include full cream powder, whole milk powder, partially skimmed milk powder and skimmed milk powder

Note: Butter and cream includes production from the residual fat of low fat milk products

Butter, cream and cheese production includes farmhouse manufacture

Source: Defra, AHDB Dairy