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Butter & Cheese Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Butter & Cheese Production Market Research Report | SIC C10.512 | May 2016

Mature market: A high level of product acceptance protects the industry against volatile inputs

IBISWorld’s Butter & Cheese Production market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Arla Foods Ltd Arla Foods Ltd market share
Dairy Crest Group plc Dairy Crest Group plc market share
First Milk Cheese Company Limited First Milk Cheese Company Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Butter and Cheese Production industry has faced pressure from highly volatile input prices over the past five years. However, the persistent popularity of Cheddar cheese, ongoing product innovation and industry consolidation have extended the industry's shelf life. The rich history of cheese production in the United Kingdom has proved hugely beneficial to the industry, since provenance has become increasingly important to domestic consumers, while butter has exhibited a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Despite this, over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is estimated to contract at a compound annual rate of 4.5% to £2.7 billion.

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Butter and Cheese Production industry has a high level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, £1.99 is spent on labour. The industry's high level of capital intensity reflects its need for machinery, research and development, and storage facilities for the assembly and manufacturing of products. Modern manufacturing plants require high levels of capital expenditure on sophisticated technology and equipment to increase productivity without the need for additional labour. It is also reflective of the trend towards industrially produced cheeses, a move away from hand crafted and artisanal cheese production, similar to trends found in the bread and bakery industry in the United Kingdom and around Europe.

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What is the Butter & Cheese Production Industry?

This industry includes establishments that manufacture butter, cheese and curd. It excludes the manufacture of non-dairy cheese or butter substitutes. Spreads made from buttermilk are included whereas margarine, which is made from vegetable oil, is excluded. Fromage frais, although technically a type of cheese, is excluded from this industry (see IBISWorld report C10.513).

Industry Products
CheddarUnripened cheeseProcessed cheeseButter and dairy spreadsOther cheesesButtermilk and other products
Industry Activities
Butter productionCheese productionCurd production

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