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Imports fell back towards end of year. (Dairy).

Imports of the main dairy products into the UK slowed down in November after showing major increases in the first 10 months of the year.

Butter shipments fell back 5% compared with a year earlier to 11,600t, mainly because of reduced imports from France.

This still left the cumulative total of imports over 11 months higher than in 2000 by 9% at 96,000 tonnes.

Similarly, total cheese imports fell back in November to 19,000 tonnes, 32% less than in November 2000. Cheddar imports in particular were down by a third to 5,400 tonnes, mainly because Irish supplies were reduced by over 50%. Speciality cheese imports were cut back to 13,300 tonnes, a fall of 30%.

Overall, however, cheese imports up to the end of November were still on a rising trend with growth of 8%.

This was entirely due to higher speciality cheese shipments as Cheddar movements showed little change over the 11 month period.

During 2001 as a whole. production of butter in the UK fell slightly from 130,000t to 127,000t but cheese production rose by 42,000t or 13% to 374,000t, the majority of this growth being in Cheddar.
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Title Annotation:United Kingdom import data for year 2001
Comment:Imports fell back towards end of year. (Dairy).(United Kingdom import data for year 2001)
Publication:Grocer
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Date:Mar 9, 2002
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