The Origins of Yogurt
Yogurt is believed to have first appeared somewhere around 5,000 to 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic period when farming began. Archeological evidence includes pots from this period that were used to store milk. The fermentation of milk into yogurt was likely something that occurred naturally, especially in warm climates. Yogurt was found to be safe, tasty, and nourishing and was embraced by ancient civilizations in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Global Yogurt Market
Yogurt continues to be a favorite product today. The global retail yogurt market was valued at $88.8 billion in 2019, up 5.6% from the year before.1 Asia Pacific (ASPAC) leads at $41 billion (with 46% market share) and is the fastest-growing market for yogurt (+9.3%).2 Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) make up the second-largest regional market for yogurt at $29 billion (+3.4%), followed by North America at $10.5 billion (+0.1%), and Latin American (LATAM) at $8.5 billion (+3.4%).3