Demand for dairy drives China's imports up 41%
China dairy imports increased 41pc, or 58,000m tonnes, in February compared to the same month last year.
Figures from New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra show that China dairy imports increased 41pc, or 58,000m tonnes, in February compared to the same month last year.
It comes on the back of dairy imports to China being up 14pc for the 12 months to February, compared to the same period last year.
Fluid and fresh dairy, China’s largest import category, was up 31pc, or 159,000m tonnes over this 12-month period.
This monthly growth, the largest increase since March 2016, was led by whey powder, up 63pc, WMP, up 52pc, and fluid and fresh dairy, up 46pc.
The rest of Asia saw dairy imports increase by 2pc, or 8,000m tonnes, in December compared to the same month the previous year. Fluid and fresh dairy increased 19pc, or 9,000m tonnes, while SMP and WMP were down a combined 7pc or 10,000m tonnes.
Fonterra said that Asian imports for the 12 months to December were up 5pc, or 187,000m tonnes, compared to the same period the previous year.
Meanwhile, total New Zealand milk production in February was down 3pc compared to the same month last year. After adjusting for the 2016 leap year, production was up 1pc for the month.