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Milk market in the United Kingdom - statistics & facts

Milk deliveries in the United Kingdom have seen a renaissance in the past few years. The number of dairy cows has increased from 1.83 million cows as of December 2010 to 1.85 million cows as of December 2020. UK is also among the leading exporters of milk worldwide with an export value of 730 million U.S. dollars in 2020.
Grocery market leader Tesco, in an effort to ensure the stock of essential products and streamline the production output of its suppliers, reduced its skimmed milk stock (some news sources report a complete stop of skimmed milk sales), removed single-pint milk cartons and ended multi-buy offers at the end of March 2020.

Milk market overview

Before the coronavirus crisis, milk production in the UK reached 14.7 billion liters. Production numbers in recent years have been higher than in the early 2000s and 2010s. This should position the industry well to address increasing demand. However, the UK remains a net importer of dairy, while exports are half the size of imports. The value of milk produced in 2020 was worth around 4.4 billion British pounds. Around 5.4 billion liters of milk were sold as liquid milk.

Dairy industry

About 1.85 million dairy herds on the agricultural holidings supplied the UK with milk in 2020. On average, the annual milk yield per cow was close to eight thousand liters per year. Of the milk provided by the cows, the largest amount was sold as semi-skimmed milk. Over 900 milliliters of semi-skimmed milk are bought per person per week in the UK. The average household in the UK spends about 2.1 British pounds on milk per week. By far the smallest amount of money is spent on fully skimmed milk, the category Tesco is starting to remove from its stores.

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Milk market in the United Kingdom (UK)

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Milk market in the United Kingdom - statistics & facts

Milk deliveries in the United Kingdom have seen a renaissance in the past few years. The number of dairy cows has increased from 1.83 million cows as of December 2010 to 1.85 million cows as of December 2020. UK is also among the leading exporters of milk worldwide with an export value of 730 million U.S. dollars in 2020.
Grocery market leader Tesco, in an effort to ensure the stock of essential products and streamline the production output of its suppliers, reduced its skimmed milk stock (some news sources report a complete stop of skimmed milk sales), removed single-pint milk cartons and ended multi-buy offers at the end of March 2020.

Milk market overview

Before the coronavirus crisis, milk production in the UK reached 14.7 billion liters. Production numbers in recent years have been higher than in the early 2000s and 2010s. This should position the industry well to address increasing demand. However, the UK remains a net importer of dairy, while exports are half the size of imports. The value of milk produced in 2020 was worth around 4.4 billion British pounds. Around 5.4 billion liters of milk were sold as liquid milk.

Dairy industry

About 1.85 million dairy herds on the agricultural holidings supplied the UK with milk in 2020. On average, the annual milk yield per cow was close to eight thousand liters per year. Of the milk provided by the cows, the largest amount was sold as semi-skimmed milk. Over 900 milliliters of semi-skimmed milk are bought per person per week in the UK. The average household in the UK spends about 2.1 British pounds on milk per week. By far the smallest amount of money is spent on fully skimmed milk, the category Tesco is starting to remove from its stores.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 24 most important statistics relating to "Milk market in the UK".

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