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UHT (Ultra-high temperature) Milk refers to the sterilized milk which has been subjected to thermal treatment. The Ultra-high temperature processing kills the spores and germs present in the milk but preserves the essential vitamins and nutrients. It is heated beyond the temperature of 135 degrees Celsius (275 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1 or 2 seconds which helps in increasing the shelf life of milk without adding any preservatives. UHT milk is aseptically packed which makes it ready for consumption directly from the carton without any need of boiling. It can be stored at room temperature and thus have minimal requirement of refrigeration and cold chains. As a result of these factors, UHT milk market is witnessing strong growth in both developed and developing regions. UHT milk has also penetrated the non-fridge households and the regions where milk availability is scarce. According to the IMARC Group, the global UHT milk market has reached a volume of 118.3 Billion Litres in 2020.
IMARC’s latest report “UHT Milk Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a UHT milk manufacturing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the global UHT milk market. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, processing and manufacturing requirements, project cost, project funding, project economics, expected returns on investment, profit margins, etc. Looking forward, the global UHT milk market is expected to exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.
The report has segmented the UHT milk market on the basis of types of milk consumed by people. They include whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed. On the basis of regions, Western Europe represents the world’s largest consumer of UHT milk, followed by Asia, North America, South America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and others. The key players currently operating in the market include- Nestle, Danone, Lactalis, Fonterra, Arla Foods, FrieslandCampina, Dairy Farmers of America, Saputo, Dean Foods and Yili.
The global UHT milk market reached a volume of 118.3 Billion Litres in 2020.
According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global UHT milk market will exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.
The market growth can be primarily attributed to rapid urbanization, busy lifestyles, improving standards of living and the rising demand for on-the-go dairy products.
At present, UHT milk is gaining traction across areas with inadequate cold chain facilities and scarcity of milk. Moreover, the introduction of organic, flavored and lactose-free variants is acting as another major trend in the market.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), consumer focus has shifted toward convenient, healthy and nutritious products. Consequently, there is an increase in the demand for UHT milk as it provides various nutritional benefits and requires a minimal need for refrigeration. However, market players are unable to meet the sudden surge in the demand on account of labor shortage and disrupted supply chains.
Based on the type, the market has been segregated into full cream, semi-skimmed and skimmed UHT milk.
The market has been analyzed on the basis of the distribution channel into supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty stores, online retail and others.
Region-wise, the market has been segmented into the European Union, Asia, North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa.
Leading industry players are Lactalis International, Nestlé S.A., Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, Danone S.A. and Arla Foods amba.
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