According to the European Commission (EC), in January 2018, 107.55 million tonnes of milk were bought in the European Union (EU), which represents 1.5% or 1.5 million tonnes more than year.
In August of this year, milk purchases in the EU were 0.1% lower than in the previous year.
Meanwhile, in Latvia, during the nine months of this year, 5% less milk were bought as a whole than in 2017, respectively.
Since the second quarter of the year, EU skimmed milk powder has produced fewer monthly products than in 2017, respectively. However, EU butter and cheese production grew by 2% over the previous year. This year, too, drink milk and cream, but more sour dairy products are produced less.
Exports of the EU's main dairy products are lower than in 2017. Exports of skimmed milk powder fell by 1% between January and August, butter exports decreased by 12% and cheese exports decreased by 0.8%. The EU also exported 4% less milk this year, 21% less condensed milk, while total milk powder exports decreased by 14%.
Exports of baby food from the EU grew by 14% during the period, EU yoghurt exports by 6% and exports of lactose by 4%. EU exports of skimmed milk powder to China increased by 3%, EU export of baby food to China by 27% and EU exports of lactose to China by 65%.
Exports of EU butter to Japan increased by 40% and EU cheese exports to Japan by 14%. EU cheese exports also increased to Lebanon, Switzerland, but fell 7% to the US, 15% to Chile and 26% to Korea.
EU skimmed milk powder in the EU is 19% more exported to Algeria this year, 56% for Singapore, 62% for Egypt, 62% for Bangladesh and 90% for Bangladesh.