Post estimates that 2018 milk deliveries in the European Union (EU) 2018 will increase by one percent over 2017 because of continued domestic and international demand. Although higher milk production in 2018 will generally result in higher dairy-product output, cheese manufacturing will account for the majority of the increase. Large non-fat dry milk (NFDM) stocks, a remnant of EU market-intervention programs in 2016 and 2017, are expected to negatively affect the NFDM market in 2018. China, Algeria and the United States were the top three export markets for EU dairy products in 2017. 

EU-28: Dairy and Products Semi-annual