EU: Exports of butter and whole milk powder rose sharply in 2020

Published Feb 25, 2021

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While the EU exported more butter, cheese and whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder was not as popular. China in particular was more reluctant to import, but it remains the most important key market.

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EU foreign trade in dairy products developed very differently in 2020. Above all, the EU was able to significantly increase exports of butter and whole milk powder, while deliveries of skimmed milk powder to third countries were noticeably lower. There was also a positive trend in cheese exports. This is what reports, citing current data from the EU Commission's milk market observatory. Butter exports rose by 15% In the case of butter, the EU's third country exports rose by 15% to around 201,500 tonnes in 2020. The largest customer was the USA with 37,700 t, they bought 14% more goods in Europe. The second largest customer was Saudi Arabia, which almost doubled its purchases from the EU to 17,700 t (+96%). Deliveries to China increased by 41% to 14,600 t. (Note: The United Kingdom is not listed as a third country buyer in these statistics.) EU whole milk powder still in demand in third countries EU exports of whole milk powder also increased significantly in 2020, by 12% ...
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