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Yogurt in the UK - statistics & facts

Today, yogurt can be found in supermarkets around the world, in different sweet or savory variations. It is also a common food found in the diet of both Europeans and those from the United Kingdom (UK), as almost 41 percent of the worldwide yogurt market is held by Europe. In recent years, yogurt has become more appealing amongst consumers due to its status as a health-food. Due to this, the global market value of yogurt was forecast to reach about 154 billion U.S. dollars by 2027, which is more than a 40 percent increase from the 2021 value.

Yogurt production in the UK

Although the UK historically did not have strong ties to yogurt, production is becoming increasingly present due to the demand. In 2021, production of yogurt in the UK totaled approximately 463 thousand tons, increasing from 382 thousand tons in 2017. The sales value of yogurt and yogurt adjacent products such as buttermilk has increased correspondingly. However, consumers in the UK have become health conscious, as they are now reaching for more natural yogurt products. This change of dietary patterns is evidenced by the sales volume of flavored yogurt products in the UK, which decreased significantly between 2008 and 2020.

Consumer market

Consumption of yogurt in the UK reached an all-time high in 2019. As of 2020, the average consumption of yogurt in the UK was 183 milliliters per person per week. It was reported that most consumers in the UK used yogurt between once a day to a few times a week. Although yogurt can be used as an ingredient in baking, it can commonly be consumed in the UK as a snack, quick drink, or as part of a dessert.

The leading producer of yogurt products in the UK is Müller Corner. In 2020, around six million consumers in the UK used Müller Corner yogurt products. This was followed closely by Yeo Valley and Müller Light. Plant-based yogurt products such as Alpro Soya have also been gaining popularity in the UK. Tesco was the leading supermarket brand for yogurt drink products, with nearly two million UK consumers using it each year.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 19 most important statistics relating to "Yogurt industry in the UK".


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