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Müller targets new segments of yogurt category

Press Release   •   Mar 13, 2018 09:00 GMT

Müller has announced two new yogurt products as it continues to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded yogurt and desserts products.

The dairy company, who is the Official Yogurt of British Athletics*, has revealed Müller Quark Yogurt and Müller Corner Lactose Free*, with both products launching in March and May 2018 respectively.

The dairy company has already announced a £100m investment, over the next three years, as it aims to strengthen its leadership in parts of the category where it is already ever-present, whilst introducing exciting new branded and private label products where it is currently absent.

A first for Müller in the UK, the unique recipe of Müller Quark Yogurt combines traditionally thick Alpine Style Quark with deliciously creamy yogurt.

Müller research found that 30% of thick yogurt consumers did not return to the sector as a result of taste*. By combining quark with delicious Müller yogurt, the dairy company plan to grow the category by attracting new shoppers and re-attracting lapsed buyers.

Consumers can purchase Müller Quark Yogurt in Asda from March 5 and in other retailers from September. The product will be available in three flavours: Plain (high in protein), Strawberry and Vanilla (source of protein), in 150g singles and the RRP is £0.99.

Müller Corner Lactose Free, made with Müller Milk, represents the company’s first step into the lactose free sector. Consumers will able to purchase Müller Corner Lactose Free in Asda from May, Morrisons from June, and then Tesco shortly after. It will be available in two flavours: Strawberry and Red Cherry, in single flavour four-packs and the RRP is £2.89.

Plans are guided by a category vision which identified a potential £233m of category growth by 2020, to be delivered by bringing excitement, innovation and game changing new products to the market.

Already this year, Müller has announced a 13.5% reduction in total sugar* across its yogurt portfolio, equalling 1759 tonnes, since 2015, and launched Müller Corner Plain, its first ever Müller Corner that is made with unsweetened natural Greek Style yogurt. The Müller Corner Plain range replaces the Müller Greek Corner range and contains, on average, 27% less total sugar*. The business has also successfully reformulated and relaunched its Müllerlight Fruitopolis range so that it contains 0% added sugar*, and targeted additional milk drink consumption occasions with the launch of 900ml FRijj SKUs.

Michael Inpong, Chief Marketing Officer at Müller said:

“Alongside creating everyday moments of pleasure for our consumers, we’re focused on building a vibrant future for the British dairy industry. We are already the UK’s favourite yogurt and desserts brand*, but we must continue to meet the needs of our customers every step of the way.

“We have increased our marketing spend by almost 25%, extended our successful partnership with British Athletics, and with Müller Quark Yogurt and Müller Corner Lactose Free, we will continue to strengthen our leadership in new and exciting parts of the category.”

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*Official Yogurt as Proud Sponsor of British Athletics

*Tested to less than 0.01% in the yogurt

*Kantar, 52 w/e 21st May 2017

*Contains naturally occurring sugars

*Total sugar SWA per 100g, less 3.8g lactose allowance per 100g (based on Kantar volume data)

*Per 100g

*Kantar Worldpanel 2017 UK Brand Footprint ranking

Müller UK & Ireland

Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller. It employs around 12,000 people in a business which comprises two distinct business units: Müller Milk & Ingredients and Müller Yogurt & Desserts.

Based in Market Drayton, Müller Yogurt & Desserts is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, responsible for major brands such as Müller Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice. It also produces, at production facilities in Minsterley near Shrewsbury, chilled desserts under licence from Mondelez International. Müller Yogurt & Desserts also supplies the UK private label yogurt market from a state of the art yogurt facility in Telford, Shropshire.

Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country, producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, flavoured milk and brands including FRijj. It also has the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets, and operates the milk&more doorstep delivery service.

The acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December 2015 marked a milestone in Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller’s global growth strategy and in particular its aspiration to place much more emphasis on end to end supply chain innovation, adding value to the UK dairy category.