Published: September 2022 | Report Code: 10474 | Available Format: PDF
The global UHT milk market size was $64,095 million in 2021, and it will grow at a CAGR of 7.8% during 2021–2030, to reach $126,174 million by 2030. This is credited to the growing awareness about this product, which has a longer shelf life, offers the convenience of usage, and is preferred by urban youth due to their busy lifestyles.
The consumption of regular milk is reducing in developed countries as well as the urban areas of developing nations due to its perishable nature. As an alternative to conventional milk, the ultra-heat-treated variant is consumed all over the world. The global market is being primarily driven by two factors: an increase in the number of people with busy schedules and a lack of refrigeration facilities in emerging economies.
Whole milk, also referred to as full-cream milk, is the most common variety of milk, and it is typically offered with a fat level of 3.5% or more. This category accounted for around 60% market share in 2021. Due to the significant amounts of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, and D, whole milk is advantageous during the developing years.
It is majorly consumed by children, teenagers, breastfeeding mothers, and bodybuilders due to its high nutrient value. When it comes to restaurants and cafés, where a significant demand for milk with a high whipping quality exists, whole milk is widely popular.
The lack of refrigerated space is a major factor that is driving the market. Food products with a higher propensity for bacterial development must be refrigerated. Until it is consumed, raw milk must be kept chilled. Customers are more likely to use foods that last a long time without refrigeration in developing nations, due to the expensive nature of refrigeration, the lack of refrigerated space, and the long length of power outages.
Toddlers less than 2 years of age are ideal consumers of whole milk, as it supplies them the essential nutrients during the crucial stages of development. Many market players are constantly investing in newer technologies, since ordinary milk is more prone to bacterial colonization and the UHT variant has garnered a growing interest for its non-requirement for refrigeration. Hence, the major characteristics driving the market are the longer shelf life and stability at room temperature of this product.
For Instance, Amcor PET Packaging Europe has launched the first range of monolayer plastic bottles for long shelf life of the milk.
Semi-skimmed UHT milk will be the fastest-growing category during the forecast period. Health-conscious consumers prefer a lower fat content in the diet; thus, with the use of semi-skimmed milk, the fat intake can be reduced from teas, coffees, and hot chocolate, without compromising on the flavor. This variant is preferred by consumers who like a creamy texture and a rich flavor of coffees, custards, and milk puddings.
Asia-Pacific will grow the fastest, with a CAGR of around 9%, during the forecast period. As per the country-wise analysis, China is the largest in the region. The demand for this product is majorly growing in emerging economies, including China and India. In the approaching years, the region's expanding population would increase the demand for this product.
With the adoption of several trends related to lifestyle and the Western culture, many developing countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa are going for apartments. Thus, in countries such as China and India, people are being influenced to use products with a longer shelf life.
Europe is the largest market, with a share of more than 34% in 2021, attributed to the stringent regulations in regional countries regarding the shelf life and safety of milk. Moreover, there are certain regulations that allow the import of dairy products from only certain countries and, that too, after extensive treatment and quality testing. Therefore, in order to meet the growing demand for UHT milk, most countries in the region produce it themselves in sufficient quantities. Furthermore, Germany, France, and Belgium have a prominent dairy culture, which results in a considerable growth in sales for the European market players.
North America is the second-largest shareholder in the market due to the rising income here, which is allowing families and individuals to purchase this commodity. Moreover, it offers a good nutritional value and is lower-priced and easily available at supermarkets and hypermarkets, which have expansive networks across the continent.
The direct/institutional category will garner the highest CAGR, of around 8%, during the forecast period. This is attributed to the growing sales by government institutions and food service chains. To meet the milk market demand, particularly for variants with a higher whipping capacity, restaurant chains are emerging as key customers. These establishments can reduce the cost of milk per unit item bought for mass consumers, as direct/institutional channels majorly sell it in bulk. Defense and security personnel are also driving forces for the demand for this milk, as they consume it regularly.
UHT treatment helps in the destruction of microorganisms in dairy products and dairy alternatives. This is a flexible and cost-efficient technology used by service outlets, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, which require good-quality milk for meeting the high customer expectations, along with their own requirement for a longer shelf life.
The retail category will undergo the second-fastest UHT milk market growth during the forecast period. This will majorly be due to the growing sales of this product to big-box retailers, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, which sell it under their own private-label brands. In addition, dairy farms sell their UHT milk through a variety of retail channels, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets and grocery and non-grocery stores.
Market Size in 2021
Revenue Forecast in 2030
Market Trends, Drivers, and Restraints; Revenue Estimation and Forecast; Segmentation Analysis; Impact of COVID-19; Companies’ Strategic Developments; Company Profiling
By Product; By Source; By Distribution Channel; By Region
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The study offers a comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with market estimation for the period 2017-2030.
Based on Milk Type
Based on Distribution Channel
Direct/institutional sales are trending in the market for UHT milk.
Europe, North America, and Europe are the major regions in the UHT milk industry.
The market for UHT milk is led by whole milk, while semi-skimmed milk sales will rise the most rapidly.
The 2021 value of the UHT milk industry was $ 64,095 million.
The market for UHT milk is driven by the rampant urbanization and long product life without refrigeration.
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