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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 | Jun 2017

On the whey: After declining in recent years, revenue is expected to rise in 2017-18

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 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Fluctuations in milk prices have negatively affected industry revenue in recent years
  • Fluctuating milk prices have resulted in considerable revenue volatility over the past five years
  • An influx of cheap imports from the Republic of Ireland could increase competition
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operators in the Butter and Cheese Production industry have 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 2017-18, industry revenue is expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 10.1% to £2.2 billion as selling prices have been affected by plunging milk prices... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Butter and Cheese Production industry is as mature as many of its products. This life cycle stage is typified by a saturated market and well-established products and producers. However, over the 10 years through 2022-23, industry value added is expected to shrink at a compound annual rate of 0.3%. UK GDP, on the other hand, is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2% over the same period. This is an indication that the industry's contribution to the economy is declining. However, industry value added has come under pressure over the past five years on the back of extreme fluctuations in milk prices, which are expected to stabilise in the future.

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Additional Insights for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from supermarkets and Domestic price of milk in the Butter & Cheese Production industry impact industry performance... 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 C10.519).

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

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Health consciousness
  • Population
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Buttered up
  • Artisan tastes
  • Dairy problems
  • Profit performance
  • Demand spreads
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Irish imports
  • Milk prices
  • Changing regulations
  • Table: Butter & Cheese Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Butter & Cheese Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Prepared Meal Manufacturing
  • Dairy Product, Egg & Edible Oil Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dairy Cattle Raising
  • Products & Services
  • Cheddar
  • Unripened cheese
  • Butter and dairy spreads
  • Other cheeses
  • Processed cheese
  • Buttermilk and other products
  • Chart: Butter & Cheese Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail trade
  • Food-service industry
  • Food processors
  • Speciality retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Butter & Cheese Production
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Arla Foods Ltd
    Dairy Crest Group plc
    The First Milk Cheese Company Limited
  • Table: Arla Foods Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Dairy Crest Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: The First Milk Cheese Company Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Butter & Cheese Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Fromage Frais
  • A dairy product originating from Belgium and the north of France. Its name comes from the French for fresh cheese.
  • Protected Designation Of Origin (Pdo)
  • An EU regulation that is designed to ensure that produce associated with a particular place has been made in a certain way.
  • Saturated Fat
  • A fatty acid found in butter and cheese. It has been associated with heart disease and cardiovascular problems when consumed in excess.

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