Coffee market in the UK - Statistics & Facts

The coffee market in the United Kingdom is distinctly different from other European countries. Coffee drinkers in the UK are avid consumers of instant coffee. It is so popular that eight instant coffee brands reached more consumers than the leading fresh ground coffee brand, Taylors of Harrogate. Instant coffee is a historical leftover from World War II, introduced by U.S. military personnel. The product took hold in what was largely a tea drinking market.

The coffee and tea processing industry in the UK generated a revenue of over 2.1 billion British pounds in 2018. The industry adds a gross value of 661 million British pounds to the UK GDP. The number of coffee processing enterprises has been growing since 2012, with 107 active in 2018.

UK companies sold 28,572 tons of roasted coffee in 2018. The sales value of roasted coffee manufactured in the UK amounted to roughly 210 million British pounds. UK imports of coffee were valued at 808 million British pounds with about half coming from non-EU countries and another half coming from EU countries. The two leading partners for UK coffee imports were Brazil and Germany.

Coffee consumers in the UK most commonly drink two cups of coffee per day. Only a tenth of coffee drinkers drinks 6 or more cups daily. In total, consumers spent about 3.5 billion British pounds on coffee, tea and cocoa in the UK in 2019. Weekly spending by consumers amounted to 41 pence per person. This translates to roughly 23 weekly grams of coffee purchased per person in the form of beans, instant and ground coffee . The consumer price index of coffee was 103.6 in 2019.

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