Production volume of dairy products European Union (EU-28) 2018-2019

How much milk is produced in the EU?
An estimated 19.5 million metric tons of liquid milk were produced in the European Union (EU28) in 2019. This amount is the output after milk waste, milk fed to farm animals, milk used or consumed on farms, and milk used for the production of dairy products are deducted. In 2019, the latter was enough milk to produce about 18 million tons of dairy products that are not liquid milk. Two thirds of these 18 million tons were cheese and sour milk products. European milk was produced by about 18.8 million dairy cows.

Production in the UK

Milk produced for consumption and the production of dairy products in the UK amounted to about 14.7 billion liters in 2017/18. This is a significant increase in production compared to 2013/14 when production output was under 13 billion liters.

Dairy market in Europe

The European dairy market made an estimated 207 billion US dollars in revenue in 2019. The most profitable product was cheese (excluding cream cheese) with about 83.75 billion dollars in revenue.

Production volume of dairy products in the European Union (EU-28) from 2018 to 2019*

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2018 to 2019*

Supplementary notes

* Provisional data based on the first eight months of 2019.
** Fermented or sour milk products, i.e. yogurt.

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