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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 is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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.

The industry has been forced to contend with highly volatile milk prices over the five-year period through 2016-17... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Butter and Cheese Production industry has faced major challenges during the five years through 2016-17. Along with a general shift in consumer trends across all food sectors, the price of milk, the industry's key input, has been extremely volatile, underpinned by international developments and regulations. While cheese has grown to become one of the most dynamic sectors in the dairy market, butter has started gaining traction against low-fat margarine spreads as a result of growing public health consciousness and recent studies that have highlighted butter's benefits over alternative products. In the United Kingdom, Cheddar cheese remains the nation's favourite and is available in over 250 varieties. How.. purchase to read more


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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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