UK dairy trade

Updated May 2024

This page gives quarterly overview of UK dairy trade. For a detailed look at the latest monthly data please visit our dairy trade dashboard

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  • Total dairy export volume for Q1 2024 was down 0.7% on Q1 2023, at 327.3k tonnes.
  • Total dairy import volume for Q1 2024 was up 5.7% on Q1 2023, at 271.0k tonnes.
  • Performance of exports was mixed among the key product categories. Exports of whey and whey products saw the biggest increase year-on-year at 14,734t (24%) followed by cheese and curd at 51,701t (23%) and yoghurt, buttermilk at 10,350t (20%). Butter and other dairy fats, and powdered and condensed milk edged down 40% and 24% respectively. Milk and cream declined by a scant 1.6% during the period.
  • Lower dairy product availability twinned with lukewarm demand in Q1 has resulted in lower exports.  There are signs ahead that lower milk and dairy product availability could boost demand going forwards. 


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