Drinking Milk Sales



In 2018–19, Australians drank 2,484,000 million litres of cows’ milk, an increase of more than 750,000 litres since 1989–90.

In Australia, cows’ milk is sold as regular or full cream milk, low-fat milk, skim milk, flavoured milk and ultra heat treatment (UHT) or long life milk.

Regular milk has a milkfat content of between 3.4% and 3.6%, while low-fat and skim milks are modified to contain less than 1.5 per cent and 0.15 percent milkfat, respectively.

The cream removed during modification can be bottled as table cream or manufactured into butter or other dairy products.

The fat and protein composition of milk changes throughout the course of a season. For this reason, most milk is standardised to ensure a consistent taste and nutritional profile all year-round.

Drinking milk generally undergoes further processing in the form of homogenisation, which disperses the fat equally throughout the milk rather than allowing it to separate at the top.

Drinking milk sales by state (million litres)

YEAR

  NSW

  VIC

  QLD

 SA

  WA

  TAS

  AUST

1989–90

582

449

316

150

164

47

1,730

1999–00

597

440

383

185

190

48

1,933

2000–01

633

456

393

201

20

50

1,934

2001–02

625

460

403

186

200

50

1,924

2002–03

620

475 

404 

183 

208 

52 

1,942

2003–04

627

476 

418 

196 

212 

52 

1,981

2004–05

641

486 

429 

200 

215 

53 

2,024

2005–06

660

499 

444 

192 

216 

50 

2,061

2006–07

692

510 

474 

201 

226

53 

2,156

2007–08

682

524 

485 

205 

237 

55 

2,188

2008–09

696

533 

495 

208 

241 

56 

2,229

2009–10

709

545 

499 

213 

247 

57 

2,269

2010–11

715

566 

502 

213 

262 

58 

2,316

2011–12

721

582 

531 

221 

274 

58 

2,387

2012–13

719

600 

563 

222 

280 

61 

2.445

2013-14 

711

612 

584

221

279

59

2,466

2014–15

715

625

581

222

285

61

2,489

2015-16 

732

637

583

222

285

61

2,520

2016–17

723

635

579

227

284

60

2,508

2017–18

719

627

583

224

282

60

2,495

2018–19

710

637

581

219

278

59

2,484


Drinking milk sales by type (million litres)

YEAR

  Regular

  Reduced

  Low-Fat

 Flavoured

  UHT

  Total

1989–90

1,257

322

 -

111

40

1,730

1999–00

1,099

498

-

173

164

1,933

2000–01

1,094

415

95

165

165

1,934

2001–02

1,074

435

105

170

140

1,924

2002–03

1,055

440

120

174

153

1,942

2003–04

1,057

462

118

190

154

1,981

2004–05

1,063

492

116

199

154

2,024

2005–06

1,092

488

124

201

155

2,061

2006–07

1,107

530

124

214

182

2,156

2007–08

1,119

552

122

213

183

2,188

2008–09

1,136

570

117

210

196

2,229

2009–10

1,134

592

117

215

211

2,269

2010–11

1,140

632

109

227

208

2,316

2011–12

1,160

679

104

236

208

2,387

2012–13

1,172

690

100

240

243

2,445

2013-14 

1,193

690

93

240

250

2,466

2014–15

1,244

661

87

240

257

2,489

2015-16 

1,311

617 

80

246

266

2,520

2016–17

1,365

567

71

247

258

2,508

2017–18

1,398

539

64

242

252

2,495

2018–19

1,417

521

63

234

249

2,484


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