UK Dairy Imports

Published 23 January 18

In November 2017:

  • UK imports of Cheddar totalled 7,407 tonnes, 30 tonnes (0.4%) more than the same month last year.
  • Speciality cheese imports reached 35,843 tonnes, an increase of 4,043 tonnes (13%) compared with the same month last year.
  • Butter imports fell 8% year on year to 4,871 tonnes in November.
UK dairy imports (tonnes)
  Cheddar cheese Speciality cheese Butter
Nov-16 7,377 31,800 5,310
Nov-17 7,407 35,843 4,871
% Change 0.4% 12.7% -8.3%
Jan-Nov 16 87,908 339,512 52,152
Jan-Nov 17 85,755 351,583 54,018
% Change -2.4% 3.6% 3.6%

 

 

Source: PTF/HMRC

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

Cumulative imports: Jan-November 2017

  • Cumulative imports of Cheddar in 2017 stood at 85,755 tonnes to the end of November, a decrease of 2,153 tonnes (-2%) from the previous year. The reduction was primarily due to a 96% drop in imports from New Zealand as EU-sourced import volumes in the first eleven months were up 2% from last year.
  • Overall, cumulative imports of speciality cheese were up by 12,071 tonnes (4%) compared to the same period last year. EU sources accounted for most of the increase, with imports from Ireland, Cyprus and Denmark up year on year. However, the increased volumes from these sources were offset against a 7% drop in imports from France, amounting to 5,288 tonnes over the Jan-Nov period.  Higher volumes of unripened fresh cheeses and of grated and powdered cheeses made up the bulk of the growth in speciality cheese imports.
  • Cumulative butter imports increased, up 1,856 tonnes (4%) compared to volumes imported over the same eleven months last year. Imports originating from Belgium, Denmark and Germany accounted for most of the additional volumes over the period, with imports from Ireland and the Netherlands down on the year. There were also 429 tonnes of butter imported from NZ in the period, compared to none in the same eleven months last year.

UK Dairy Imports

Source: PTF/HMRC

  Data from Jan-14 onwards sourced from HMRC, data from Jan-17 has been revised.