UK Dairy Consumption

Published 2 April 13

Dairy Consumption - DEFRA Family Food Survey 2010

DEFRA Family Food Survey

  • Liquid milk consumption has declined 2.3% between 2010 and 2011 and is now 10.8% lower than ten years ago.
  • Yogurt and fromage frais consumption fell 1.5% in the last year, but has recorded a 29.8% increase over the last ten years.
  • Butter consumption rose by 1.5% between 2010 and 2011 and is 1.9% lower than ten years ago.
  • Cheese consumption has increased 0.2% over the past year and has recorded a 5.7% increase over the past ten years.
  • 10 year comparison is between 2011 and the 2001/2002 milk year.

Defra's Family Food Survey has released the latest data on consumption of food products in the UK. Defra is now producing data for the calendar year rather than for the milk year, which has been the case between 2001 and 2006. Average liquid milk consumption for 2011 stands at 1,506mls per person per week, 2.3% lower than the previous year.

Further examination of the figures shows that consumption of whole milk increased by 0.8% since 2010, while skimmed milk decreased 2.5% year-on-year (YOY). Semi-skimmed recorded a decline of 0.1% YOY and is 5.7% more than 10 years ago.

In other dairy products, yogurt and fromage frais consumption decreased between 2010 to 2011 (1.5%YOY) but remains 29.8% higher than 10 years ago. Elsewhere, consumption of cheese rose 0.2% to 118g per person per week in 2011. Within the cheese category, cheddar cheese saw consumption increase of 0.8% between 2010 and 2011, while edam and other foreign hard cheese decreased by 7.4%. Soft natural cheese recorded the largest percentage growth rising 5.1% YOY. Cottage cheese recorded a 3.2% decrease in consumption since 2010, but the level is 25.9% lower than 10 years previously.

Butter consumption increased 1.5% YOY, with average consumption now at 40g per person per week. This level is 1.9% lower than average consumption in 2001/02. Average cream consumption decreased to 23g per person per week in 2011, this is 16.1% above levels seen ten years ago. Dairy desserts consumption rose by 1.6% from 2010 and stands at 41g per person per week. The consumption level is 1.0% higher than ten years ago.

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Average consumption per person per week 2001-02 2010 2011 YOY %
Liquid Milk (ml) 1,689 1,508 1,506 -0.2%
Yogurt and Fromage Frais (ml) 154 203 200 -1.5%
Cheese (g) 0 118 118 0.2%
Butter (g) 41 40 40 1.5%
Cream (ml) 20 24 23 -1.3%
Dairy Desserts (not frozen) (ml) 41 41 41 1.6%


Source: DEFRA