In the first full year following the abolition of dairy quotas, new figures from the EU Commission show that the EU28 countries were able to increase exports of butter and cheese to international markets and maintain market share. In 2016, EU28 exports of butter increased 20% to a record 162,285t, while cheese exports increased more than 11% to breach the 800,000t mark.
Exports of butter and cheese to our largest markets in particular all saw growth in shipped volumes. The US is the EU’s most important trading partner for both butter and cheese commodities. Last year, …