Top world dairy companies

Statistics on companies around the world with the highest dairy turnovers.

Top world dairy companies - 2019
Rank Company Country of Origin and main operation countries Milk Intake [1] mill. t ME Estimated turnover [2] per kg milk in USD Market share of world milk production
1 Dairy Farmers of America United States of America 29.0 0.5 3.4%
2 Fonterra New Zealand/others 21.9 0.6 2.6%
3 Groupe Lactalis France/others  20.0* 1.1* 2.4%
4 Arla Foods Denmark/Sweden/others 13.7 0.9 1.6%
5 Nestlé Dairy Switzerland/others 13.7* 1.3* 1.6%
6 FrieslandCampina Netherlands/others  11.8* 1.1* 1.4%
7 Saputo Canada/United States of America/others  10.5  1.1 1.2%
8 Amul India 10.3 0.5 1.2%
9 Yili China 9.4* 0.4* 1.1%
10 Mengniu China 8.7* 1.3* 1.0%
11 California Dairies United States of America 8.1 0.5 1.0%
12 Glanbia United States of America/others 8.0 0.5 0.9%
13 DMK Germany/Netherlands 7.1* 0.9* 0.8%
14 Agropur Canada/United States of America 6.5 0.8* 0.8%
15 Leprino United States of America 5.9* 0.6* 0.7%
16 Land O'Lake United States of America 5.8 0.7 0.7%
17 Müller Germany/United Kingdom/others 5.7* 0.9* 0.7%
18 Danone Dairy France/others 5.7 2.8 0.7%
19 Sodiaal France 4.6 1.2 0.5%
20 Savencia France/others 4.2 1.3 0.5%
* Estimated by IFCN
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section
Source: IFCN data collection. Data represents in most cases the year 2019.
Explanation of variables:
[1] Milk intake: represents milk volume collected and dairy commodity purchases (in milk equivalent) for the main company and its subsidiaries. Milk intake figures in mill tons. In some cases recalculated from litre (1litre = 1.033 kg). In the milk intake a double counting is possible once a processor sources milk from a collecting cooperative (e.g. DFA) or is sourcing milk in form of dairy products. This means that the total milk volume of the top 20 processors can be overestimated. Content of milk intake (fat and protein level) can be underestimated in some countries such as New Zealand and The Netherlands.
[2] Turnover per kg milk: Dairy turnover divided by milk intake. This indicator gives an indication of value creation per kg of milk processed. This figure shall be interpreted with care as the precise number is difficult to define and a direct comparability between companies is limited.

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