Milk Consumption Improving

UK - Milk deliveries in October increased by 2.8 per cent to 1021m litres, according to latest figures from the Rural Payments Agency.
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This is well ahead of the average increase of 1.6 per cent between September and October, probably due to the favourable weather conditions, especially when compared to last year. However, October deliveries were still 3.3 per cent below the five-year average and cumulative production is 0.1 per cent down on last season.

Meanwhile, liquid milk sales in GB have increased by 4.2 per cent since 2004, due to population growth and higher individual milk consumption. TNS data show that annual in-home consumption has increase by one per cent over that time, to 82 litres/head.

"If the growth in liquid milk sales, coupled with the trend of relatively low milk production continues, a larger proportion of the GB milk supply will be processed into liquid milk," says DairyCo's latest Dairy Market Update.

"This means a greater proportion of milk will receive the premium price associated with liquid milk contracts and fewer litres will be fully exposed to the volatility of the commodity markets."

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