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Yogurt market in Canada - statistics & facts

Yogurt, also known as yoghurt or yoghourt, is a food product made by the bacterial fermentation of milk. The production of yogurt was first recorded in Turkey between 1615 and 1625. The specific bacteria used to make yogurt are called “yogurt cultures”. Cow’s milk is most commonly used to make yogurt, as it is widely available globally. Yogurt is naturally sour, therefore, it can also be sold sweetened in many different forms.

Yogurt has a number of health benefits, including the effects from probiotics which are commonly added to yogurt during production. The sales of yogurts worldwide were forecast to reach approximately 107 billion U.S. dollars by 2023. With the rise in veganism around the world, it is not surprising that sales of non-dairy yogurt are set to increase year on year, estimated to reach around 7.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide by 2027. Dairy products in general are popular in Canada, as farm cash receipts from dairy products have seen steady growth in past years, and were projected to reach 6.9 billion Canadian dollars in 2018. Consumption of yogurt in Canada amounted to around 10.22 liters per capita in 2018.

When it comes to the Canadian yogurt trade, the volume of yogurt imports into Canada was recorded at around 570,000 kilograms and the value of yogurt imports reached approximately 3.28 million Canadian dollars in 2018. The export trade value of yogurt from Canada to the rest of the world was recorded at 32.02 million U.S. dollars in 2017.

Frozen yogurt has gained popularity recently worldwide as a perceived healthy alternative to ice cream. The volume of soft frozen yogurt produced in Canada has fluctuated in recent years, with production reaching around 1.09 million liters in 2018.

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