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Easing butter growth slows dairy performance

14/03/2018

The dairy market saw a slight easing in growth this period, down to 5.3% from 6.2% last period. Dairy is still growing faster than the overall grocery market and the fresh and chilled sector by a similar margin, as these both saw reduced growth, down to 3.3% and 2.8% respectively. While volumes in the total grocery market increased to 0.5% (from 0.3%), dairy sales eased to 1.7% (down from 2.3%), and fresh and chilled fell to 0.7% (down from 1.2%).

The sector that saw the biggest step down in contribution to dairy’s growth was butter, which had seen the biggest uplift over the previous 12 weeks, and now contributes £35m down from £44m. The other big drop in actual value was cheese, with contribution down to £24m from £34m, though this represents a smaller proportion of the cheese sector overall.

Across dairy, a number of retailers are contributing less to overall growth including M&S, Iceland and Sainsbury’s, but the Discounters see the biggest fall with contributions to growth strong but down by £8m. In butter the Discounters see a steady fall back of £2.3m with Tesco and Sainsbury’s growth at £2.6m and £1.5m less respectively.

The fall in dairy growth has come primarily through non promoted sales. Promoted sales remain in a similar rate of decline as we’ve seen in previous updates, but with the decline in Y for £X promotions easing off and temporary price reductions (TPRs) accelerating. The fall in non promoted sales growth is even more noticeable in butter where uplift in TPR sales has improved and decline of Y for £X has eased slightly.

Finally, the easing in growth for dairy can be seen across social classes but notably from retired shoppers. Again, for butter, all life stages and social classes drive it’s slow down, though retired shoppers and the less affluent stand out.

Dairy is still growing faster than the overall grocery market and the fresh and chilled sector.

Dairy is still growing faster than the overall grocery market and the fresh and chilled sector.

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Oliver Bluring
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