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Dairy consumption per capita in the Netherlands 2012-2025, by milk product

In 2020, the average Dutch person was forecasted to consume more than 100 kilos of dairy. This was more than in neighboring country Belgium, where the average consumption reached just over 88 kilos that year. Milk was the most frequently consumed dairy product in the Netherlands in 2019, with an average per capita consumption of 38 kilos.

 Daily dairy consumption 

  Looking at the average daily consumption of dairy in the Netherlands, it is not surprising that milk and milk-drinks topped the ranking, with nearly 150 grams per person per day in the period between 2012 and 2016. Yoghurt came in second place, at roughly 54 gram per day. By comparison, the daily consumption of ice cream in the Netherlands was just under ten grams daily. 

Dairy consumption moments

  Dairy products are consumed in the Netherlands throughout the entire day. The same study found that dairy consumption is divided almost equally between the four consumption moments breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. Breakfast scored the highest, with roughly 28 percent of the total dairy consumption daily.

Volume of dairy consumed per capita in the Netherlands from 2012 to 2019, with a forecast for 2020 to 2025, by milk product

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2012 to 2025

Supplementary notes

* Figures from 2020 onwards are provisional.

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