Top world dairy companies

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

Top world dairy companies - 2018
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 29.2 0.5 3.5%
2 Fonterra New Zealand/Others 23.7 0.6 2.8%
3 Groupe Lactalis France/Others 19.6 1.1 2.4%
4 Arla Foods Denmark/Sweden 13.9 0.8 1.7%
5 Nestlé Switzerland/Others 13.7 1.8 1.6%
6 FrieslandCampina Netherlands/Others 13.6* 1.0* 1.6%
7 Saputo (incl.MG) Canada/United States/Others 9.8* 1.1* 1.2%
8 Dean Foods United States 9.4 0.8 1.1%
9 Amul (GCMMF) India 9.3 0.7 1.1%
10 Danone France/Others 8.6 2.0 1.0%
11 DMK Germany/Netherlands 8.1* 0.9* 1.0%
12 California Dairies United States 7.7 0.5 0.9%
13 Yili Group China 7.2* 1.4* 0.9%
14 Glanbia Group Ireland/United States/Others 6.5 0.6 0.8%
15 Mengniu China 6.4 1.4 0.8%
16 Agropur Canada/United States/Others 6.3 0.8 0.8%
17 Groupe Sodiaal France 4.9 1.2 0.6%
18 Müller Germany/United Kingdom/Others 4.6* 1.1* 0.6%
19 Schreiber Foods United States 4.5* 1.1* 0.5%
20 Bongrain/Savencia France/Others 4.1 1.3 0.5%
* Estimated by IFCN
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.
Source: IFCN data collection. Data represents in most cases the year 2017. * = IFCN estimation.
Compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Animal Industry Division, Market Information Section

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