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Yogurt market in Europe - statistics & facts

Yogurt is a fresh dairy food made from milk that has fermented due to lactic bacteria. It contains protein, vitamins and is also a rich source of calcium. The flavor and color can be modified by adding various ingredients, for example fruit. Popular yogurt types on the market are low fat or no-fat, drinking, organic, Greek, and frozen yogurts. Yogurt continues to grow in popularity worldwide and the market value of yogurt is expected to grow almost 20 percent reaching over 50 billion U.S. dollars by 2024.

European yogurt production

In 2020, just over 8 million tons of yogurt were produced in Europe. Germany and France are the European leaders in yogurt production. Swiss company Nestlé, French Lactalis, and Paris-based Danone, are the top-selling European dairy producers and account for the top highest selling producers worldwide with sales of over 22 billion U.S. dollars.

Consumer trends across Europe

It is forecasted that residents of the European Union will consume 37 million tons of fresh dairy products in 2028. This shows that dairy consumption is expected to decrease slowly across Europe in the coming years. The forecasted trend varies among individual countries, though. Finland reached a ten-year low of yogurt consumption in 2019 and 2020 and Norway’s per capita consumption has generally decreased since 2015. Belgium and Poland show different consumption trends. In Poland, consumption has increased over the past three years.

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