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Global UHT Milk Market Projected to Reach USD 219,590 Million by 2026

02-Jul-2021 | Facts and Factors

According to Facts and Factors, the global UHT milk market was valued at USD 121,396.3 Million in 2020 and is projected to make over USD 219,590 Million by 2026, with a CAGR of approximately 10.2% between 2021 and 2026.

UHT milk is sterilised milk that has gone through a thermal treatment process. Ultra-high temperature processing destroys spores and germs in milk while preserving key vitamins and nutrients. UHT (ultra-high temperature) milk is heated for 1 or 2 seconds above (275 degrees F), which helps to increase the yield of milk without introducing preservatives. UHT milk is aseptically usually packed, allowing it to be consumed straight from the carton without the need to heat it. It can be stored at room temperature, necessitating the use of refrigeration and cold chains to a minimum. As a result of these considerations, the market for UHT milk is booming in both developed and developing countries. UHT milk has also made its way into non-fridge households and areas where milk is in short supply.

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Whole milk/full cream undergoes UHT treatments when other processes are insufficient. In the manufacturing of whole milk microfiltered, for example, the cream portion of much of the normal milk, particularly comprises starch granules that cannot simply pass out through the microfiltration membrane, is UHT treated before being combined with microfiltered skim milk to create an extended-shelf-life product. The fat level of full-cream UHT milk is much higher than that of skimmed and semi-skimmed UHT milk, making it suitable for toddlers under the age of two, pregnant women, and bodybuilders. Furthermore, the industry's growth has been aided by an increase in the number of product innovations, such as market players' addition of organic and flavored content.

The benefits of milk intake have contributed to the popularity of UHT milk around the world, as well as recognition of the importance of on-the-go consumption. Some of the causes that have led to increased penetration of UHT milk across households include hectic lives along with schedules that have driven consumers to limit their in-home time.

Ordinary milk is more susceptible to bacterial growth, and UHT milk is gaining popularity due to its non-refrigeration properties. Another significant aspect that is predicted to continue fuelling demand in the global market is the product's prolonged shelf life along with its stability at room temperature.

Key Market Players

Major players operative in the UHT milk market is Nestle SA., Lactalis Group., Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited., Danone Group., Inner Mongolia Yili Group Company Limited., Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited., Arla Foods., Sodiaal Group., Bongrain SA., Grupo Lala, S.A.B. de C.V., Candia., DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH., Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller GmbH & Co. KG., Parmalat S.p.A., Dairy Partners Americas Brasil Ltda. and among others.

The industry's growth has been aided by an increment in the number of innovative products, such as the addition of flavoured and organic content by market players. For example, in May 2017, Fonterra Anchor announced NaturalUp and LiveUp, premium UHT milk with high protein organic content, to be offered on e-commerce platforms and in physical stores. Product improvements are being driven by the growing number of consumer concerns about milk content. Furthermore, rising living standards among the working and middle classes are predicted to increase demand for UHT milk products, driving the worldwide UHT milk market's growth.

Market Dynamics

Fresh milk that has been treated at a very high temperature, pasteurised in a short amount of time, and packaged in pre-sterilized containers without the addition of any preservatives is known as UHT milk. The advantage of UHT milk is that it has a long shelf life of 6-9 months, which is also its USP. Furthermore, it can be kept at ambient temperature until the packet is opened without refrigeration. Because UHT milk has a long shelf life, it is becoming increasingly popular among apartment dwellers with limited refrigerator space. Furthermore, increased household wealth encourages customers to express an interest in luxury items such as UHT milk.

The demand for UHT milk is primarily among the younger population and for commercial purposes. Because UHT milk has a longer shelf life and requires less refrigeration, it is becoming increasingly popular among students living in dormitories. Because UHT milk can be kept at room temperature, most small-scale restaurants and foodservice chains in poor nations utilise it instead of investing in refrigeration. It is a great product for various African and Asian countries where energy is a major issue and a lack of refrigeration systems causes daily milk to spoil. The product has a higher cost than regular pasteurized milk, which boosts revenue sales in the business.

Europe is projected to Dominate Global UHT Milk Market Growth

Due to the significant growth of the dairy goods market in countries like Germany, Belgium, and Holland, demand for UHT milk is high in this region. Furthermore, per capita consumption of dairy products has increased significantly in the last five years, owing to the ease with which UHT milk can be produced and distributed compared to other conventional goods. A similar tendency has been found among Danish consumers when it comes to the consumption of pasteurised products like UHT milk regularly.

Browse the full report Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) Milk Market, By Fat Content (Whole, Semi-Skimmed, Skimmed), By Product Type (Flavored, Unflavored), By Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets/Supermarkets, Specialist Retailers, Convenience Stores, Others) By Region: Global and Regional Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecasts, 2021 – 2026” at

The global UHT milk market is segmented as follows:

By Product Type:
•    Flavoured
•    Unflavored

By Fat Content:
•    Whole
•    Semi Skimmed
•    Skimmed

By Distribution Channel:
•    Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
•    Specialist Retailers
•    Convenience Stores
•    Others

By Region:
•    North America
o    U.S.
o    Canada
•    Europe
o    UK
o    France
o    Germany
o    Italy
o    Spain
o    Rest of Europe
•    Asia Pacific
o    China
o    Japan
o    India
o    South Korea
o    Southeast Asia
o    Rest of Asia Pacific
•    Latin America
o    Brazil
o    Mexico
o    Rest of Latin America
•    Middle East and Africa
o    GCC Countries
o    South Africa
o    Rest of MEA

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