Cheddar and yoghurt soak up extra milk

Published 14 February 18

UK milk production was up in 2017 compared to 2016, allowing for an increase in make across all the main dairy products. However, production finished the calendar year lower than 2015. Over those two years only liquid, cheddar and yoghurts saw an increase in product production. The biggest increases were seen for cheddar and yoghurt – two of the key products identified by AHDB as targets for imports displacement off the back of Brexit.

Butter and cream, two of the most in demand products through 2016 and 2017, have not made up the loss of production between 2016 and 2015. This could be due to MCVE (cheddar and whey) being higher than AMPE (butter & SMP) for most of 2016/17, making cheddar manufacture more attractive than butter and SMP. 

14.02.18 retail table