Cheese exports up 18% in first half of 2018

Published 21 August 18

More than 93k tonnes of cheese were exported by the UK in the first half of 2018, up about 18% on H1 2017. Within this, exports of territorials were down 6%, but cheddar and other cheeses were up 19% and 18% respectively.

As seen in the first quarter of this year, increased exports to the EU continue to be the main driver of this growth, with volume shifts still following the same pattern. Exports to Ireland, Denmark and Germany did drop a little between Q1 and Q2 2018, but are still notably higher than a year previous. Meanwhile, exports to Spain have been growing since Q2 2017 and had a particular uplift in Q2 2018, which was up 56% on Q1 and 160% higher than Q2 2017.

UK cheese exports

On the value side, H1 exports were worth £320million, up 12% on H1 2017, but down 2% on H2 2017. This is mainly due to a drop in average prices, which fell back between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.