Milk is a dairy product rich with protein, iodine, calcium and several vitamins, and loved by many Europeans. In the United Kingdom, the leading milk brands available at supermarkets are Tesco and Sainsbury’s milk. In France, most consumers bought Délisse and Carrefour milk. In the Netherlands, Campina is a well-known milk brand. The Theo Müller Group, which owns the milk brands Müller and Weihenstephan, is the market leader in dairy manufacturing in Germany. The Europe-wide operating dairy company Arla Foods is based in Denmark. TINE is the largest dairy cooperative in Norway and produced milk with a volume of 377 million liters in 2016.
For the United Kingdom, the leading destination of milk and cream exports in 2015 was Ireland with a volume of 617 thousand metric tons. France exported roughly 965 thousand metric tons of liquid milk which were worth over 382 million euros in 2015. Denmark imported whole milk and skim milk with a value of 122 million Danish kroner, while Sweden imported milk and cream worth over 3 billion Swedish kronor. In this Nordic country, 87.6 liters of fluid milk have been consumed per capita in 2015. In the same year, an average Finn drank 129.3 liters of milk, which is far above the European average of 63.2 liters per person. Germany was consuming 55.9 liters. While all Nordic countries are consuming milk above the average, the dairy product is not as popular in the rest of Europe. French consumers drank on average 53 liters, and in Italy approximately 49 liters of milk per person were consumed in 2015. The Spanish per capita consumption of fluid milk decreased annually and amounted to roughly 73 liters in 2016. In Luxembourg, the fluid milk consumption amounted to 46.1 liters per person in 2015.
Organic dairy produce is gaining more and more attention all over Europe. With the retail sale of organic whole milk, Denmark generated a turnover of more than 82 million Danish kroner in 2016. In Germany and in the Netherlands, milk is the consumer's favorite among organic products offered in retail stores. Organic flavored milk drinks were sold in Germany with a value of 2.2 million U.S. dollars. Dutch supermarkets recorded organic milk sales with a value of roughly 100 million U.S. dollars and organic flavored milk drinks with a value of 3.2 million U.S. dollars.
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