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Milk & Cream Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Milk & Cream Production Market Research Report | SIC C10.511 | Feb 2016

Skimming off the profit: Producers suffer as supermarkets continue to slash milk prices

IBISWorld’s Milk & Cream 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
First Milk Group First Milk Group market share
Muller Dairy (U.K) Ltd Muller Dairy (U.K) Ltd market share
United Dairy Farmers Co-operative United Dairy Farmers Co-operative market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Firms in the Milk and Cream Production industry have endured difficult conditions during the past five years. Highly volatile dairy prices and heavy discounting of milk prices by supermarkets have squeezed industry revenue and profitability. The industry has also been affected by changing consumer preferences, as consumers have shifted away from full-fat milk in favour of low-fat and skimmed alternatives. These conditions have resulted in consolidation activity among industry participants.

Milk processors have found themselves in an unfavourable position, caught between discounting supermarkets and protesting farmers, for much of the past five years. Exacerbated by supermarkets selling cheap milk to compete for customers, processors have been forced to cut farm-gate milk prices... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Milk and Cream Production industry is highly concentrated. The industry is dominated by dairy farmer cooperatives, both domestic and international. Own-label brands are estimated to account for about 85% of liquid milk sales. Producers have been attempting to increase the share of branded products, since they offer higher margins and foster a sense of loyalty among consumers.

The top four players are estimated to account for 90.7% of industry revenue in 2015-16. The remaining market share comprises primarily of a large number of smaller operators operating on a more local basis. The collapse of the Dairy Farmers of Britain cooperative, which went into receivership in June 2009, means concentration has increased since 2009-10. Con.. purchase to read more


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What is the Milk & Cream Production Industry?

Operators in this industry produce fresh liquid milk, pasteurised, sterilised, homogenised and ultra heat-treated milk. It also includes the production of cream from fresh, pasteurised, sterilised or homogenised milk.

Industry Products
Skimmed and semi-skimmed milkWhole milkFlavoured milkCondensed milkCream
Industry Activities
Fresh liquid milk productionPasteurised milk productionSterilised milk productionHomogenised milk productionUltra heat-treated milk productionCream production

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