UK Dairy Imports

Published 3 November 17

In August 2017:

  • UK imports of Cheddar totalled 9,360 tonnes, 997 tonnes (10%) less than the same month last year.
  • Speciality cheese imports reached 32,121 tonnes, an increase of 1,183 tonnes (4%) compared with the same month last year.
  • Butter imports fell substantially year on year to 4,327 tonnes in August (-24%).
UK dairy imports (tonnes)
  Cheddar cheese Speciality cheese Butter
Aug-16 10,358 30,938 5,676
Aug-17 9,360 32,121 4,327
% Change -9.6% 3.8% -23.8%
Jan-Aug 16 63,797 243,189 33,734
Jan-Aug 17 60,690 250,530 35,320
% Change -4.9% 3.0% 4.7%

 

Source: PTF/HMRC

Note: All data subject to retrospective changes. There may be marginal differences in percentages due to rounding

Cumulative imports: Jan-August 2017

  • Cumulative imports of Cheddar stood at 60,690 tonnes to the end of August, a decrease of 3,107 tonnes (-5%) from the previous year. The reduction was due to a 96% drop in imports from New Zealand while EU-sourced import volumes in the first eight months were up 1% from last year.
  • Overall, cumulative imports of speciality cheese were up by 7,341 tonnes (3%) compared to the same period last year. EU sources accounted for most of the increase, with imports from Ireland, Cyprus and Denmark also up year on year. However, the increased volumes from these sources were offset against an 11% drop in imports from France, amounting to 5,880 tonnes over the Jan-Aug period.  Higher volumes of grated and powdered cheeses made up the bulk of the growth in speciality cheese imports.
  • Cumulative butter imports increased, up 1,586 tonnes (5%) compared to volumes imported over the same eight months last year. Imports originating from Ireland, Denmark and France accounted for most of the additional volumes over the period. There were also 704 tonnes of butter imported from NZ in the period, compared to none in the same eight months last year.

UK Dairy Imports

Source: PTF/HMRC

  Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, data from Oct-16 has been revised.