UK Dairy Consumption

Published 2 June 14

Dairy Consumption - DEFRA Family Food Survey 2012

DEFRA Family Food Survey

  • Liquid milk consumption is largely unchanged between 2011 and 2012, but is now 8.1% lower than ten years ago.
  • Yogurt and fromage frais consumption fell 2.6% in the last year, but has recorded a 19.2% increase over the last ten years.
  • Butter consumption rose by 2.6% between 2011 and 2012 and is 10.9% higher than ten years ago.
  • Cheese consumption has decreased by 3.6% over the past year and has recorded a 2.2% increase over the past ten years.

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. Therefore, the ten year comparison is between 2012 and the 2002/2003 milk year.

Average liquid milk consumption for 2012 stands at 1,506ml per person per week, down from 1,640ml in 2002. Further examination of the figures shows that consumption of whole milk decreased by 16.4% since 2011, while skimmed milk decreased 5.5% year-on-year (YOY). Semi-skimmed recorded growth of 6.9% YOY and is 14.4% more than 10 years ago.

In other dairy products, yogurt and fromage frais consumption decreased by 2.6% between 2011 to 2012 but remains 19.2% higher than 10 years ago. Elsewhere, consumption of cheese fell 3.6% YOY in 2012. Within the cheese category, consumption of cheddar cheese decreased by 4.8% between 2011 and 2012, while edam and other foreign hard cheese grew by 11.9%. Processed cheese consumption fell by 2.1% YOY.

Butter consumption increased 2.6% YOY, with average consumption now at 41g per person per week. This level is 10.9% lower than average consumption in 2002/03. Average cream consumption increased to 25ml per person per week in 2012, this is 25.7% above levels seen ten years ago. Dairy desserts consumption fell by 1.1% from 2011.

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PRODUCT

Average purchase (quantity per person per week)

Unit

2002/03

2011

2012

Total liquid milk

ml

1,640.1

1,506.2

1,506.4

Yogurt and Fromage Frais

ml

163.3

199.8

194.6

Cream

ml

19.7

23.2

24.8

Butter

g

37.2

40.2

41.3

Cheese

g

111.7

118.4

114.1

Dairy Desserts (not frozen)

ml

45.1

41.4

41.0

Source: Defra

Dairy consumption