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Milk market: Total milk sales volume in Great Britain 2009-2018

Sales of liquid milk in Great Britain have been steadily increasing since October 2009. Noticeable growth occurred in 2015 when sales volume rose to 5.5 billion liters, an increase of 288 million liters when compared to the previous year. Since then liquid milk sales volumes have seen little growth.

Milk production and uses

In the 2017/18 fiscal year, 14.7 billion liters of milk were produced in the United Kingdom. This was the second largest volume since 2001/02. Production peaked in 2015/16 at 14.8 billion liters. Approximately 4.3 billion liters of milk were used in the production of cheese in 2017, with 6.7 billion liters used for liquid milk.

Expenditure and sales

Liquid milk market expenditure has been gradually increasing monthly since August 2017, rising from 3.2 billion GBP to 3.4 billion by December 2018. Semi-skimmed milk is the most popular pasteurized liquid milk in Great Britain, with a retail sales volume of 2.9 billion million liters sold as of the period ending October 7, 2018.

Liquid milk sales volume in Great Britain from October 2009 to October 2018

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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

October 18, 2009 to October 7, 2018

Supplementary notes

Data based on a 52 w/e evaluation

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