UK delivers improved self-sufficiency in yogurt in 2017

Published 14 March 18

In volume terms, 2017 saw a 23% increase in exports and 9% drop in imports of yogurt. With UK yogurt production also increasing by 19%, self-sufficiency levels rose to 76%.

Yogurt trade balance 

Overall the UK is still in a trade deficit position for yogurt, in both volume and value terms. However, 2017 saw the volume trade deficit reduced back to its 2015 level.

Yoghurt self sufficiency 2017 

The availability level gives us a good indication of demand for yogurt in the UK, which has been showing growth for a number of years. In 2017, the majority of this additional demand was satisfied by home-grown product, rather than imports.

 Yoghurt trade 2017

As mentioned previously, it could be difficult to displace all yogurt imports, due to the UK’s reliance on brands. Private label accounts for approximately 33% of total GB yogurt sales, and a number of the main brands sold in the UK are imported. However, some major retailers, have recently committed to using UK milk for a proportion of their private label yogurt, which will help to reduce the import deficit.