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Jan 28 2011

Milk in Australia and the UK


Milk is Milk, no matter where you go, right ?  Apparently not.

The main difference is “Semi skimmed” milk from the UK, which is called “Low fat” milk in Australia.

According to the above links the British Semi Skimmed milk has a fat content of less than 1.7% , and the Australian Low fat milk has a fat content of less than 1.5%.

Effectively both the same.

Whole Milk

Australian Whole Milk

On average regular whole milk contains between 3.2% and 3.8% milk fat milk fat. It’s pasteurised and homogenised. Also known as full cream or whole milk.

British Whole Milk

Whole standardised milk is whole milk standardised to a minimum fat content of 3.5%.

Skim Milk

Australian Skim Milk

Has no more than 0.15% milk fat.

British Skimmed Milk

Skimmed milk has a fat content of between 0.10 -0.30%

Low Fat – Semi Skimmed Milk

Australian Reduced Fat Milk

Has approximately 2% milk fat.

Australian Low Fat Milk

Has less than 1.5% milk fat.

British Semi skimmed milk

Semi skimmed milk is the most popular type of milk in the UK with a fat content of 1.7%

The price of Milk in Australia and the UK

There are many variations of milk, and no way to do exact comparisons of all of them, so a comparison of the basic milk will do:

Tescos Own Label (from the Tesco price website 31/1/11)
Ol Whole Milk 2.272ltr/4 Pints £1.55
Woolworths Homebrand (from Woolworths price website 31/1/11)
Homebrand Milk Whole Bottle 2L $2.00

So we have a price per litre of:

  • $1.09 UK (£0.68 at 1.6 A$ to the £)
  • $1.00 Australia






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