European milk use is changing

Published 21 March 19

Trends in consumer preferences have changed how milk is processed within Europe. In the latest EU dairy short-term outlook, how milk is utilised for different dairy products has shifted away from liquid milk and towards more processed products.

Between 2007 and 2017, production of raw milk within the EU-28 increased by 17%, equivalent to an additional 22.5 million litres. Over this period, the use of milk for the production of drinking milk has declined, while production of “other dairy products” has risen. Included in this category are products such as infant milk formula, fat filled milk powders, and other technical products geared towards the health and nutrition markets. The share of milk going towards the more traditional dairy commodities such as cream, yoghurt, cheese and butter are stable.

European Milk Use Is Changing


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