Dairy Farmers of America still tops in IFCN processor list

IFCN, the Dairy Research Network, has published the IFCN top 20 list of milk processors around the globe. Published every second year, the list shows the market share of the biggest milk processing giants. In 2018, the top 20 milk processors collected 211 million tonnes of milk, equating to 25.4% of all produced milk worldwide.

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) topped the list in 2018, taking in 29.2 million tonnes of milk, or 3.5% of the total market share. The top three leaders – DFA, Fonterra and Lactalis – remained stable in their positions compared to the previous ranking in 2016.Arla, Nestlé and Friesland Campina were numbers four, five and six, with milk intake of 14 million tonnes each.

Saputo increased its intake by about 2.1 million tonnes milk through the acquisition of the Australian company Murray Goulburn.

Amul from India is a new entry in the 2018 top 10, in 9th place (up from 13th) with 9.3 million tonnes. This shift was driven by growing milk intake and the fact that IFCN decided to standardise milk intake from natural content to 4% fat and 3.3% protein.

Two big Chinese milk processors, Yili Group and Mengniu showed an increase in milk intake by about one million tonnes since 2016’s rankings, together taking 13.6 million tonnes of milk.

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