Asia dairy consumption still driving global growth

Published 24 January 19

According to the global dairy consumption report from Eucolait, Asia represents the fastest growing region in dairy product consumption, fuelled by a rapidly expanding population and a growing middle class who look to increase dairy within diets. Liquid milk consumption is expected to increase for most Asian countries, with China, India and Pakistan forecast to see the largest increases in volume terms. 

Both butter and cheese consumption are expected to rise in Asian countries between 2017 and 2022, however, current per capita consumption levels of these products is still relatively low. The potential for growth is high, with food service being the main driver.

The United States is already considered a mature market, with a relatively low rate of population growth and domestic consumption of liquid milk is expected to fall between 2017 and 2022. Meanwhile, butter has benefitted from a healthier image recently and, as a result, US butter consumption is nearing a 50-year peak. Cheese consumption in the US is expected to continue to increase between 2017 and 2022.

At AHDB, the retail and consumer insight team focus on tracking dairy consumption patterns and latest developments in domestic markets, and have recently released international country focus reports for Japan, China and the US.