Leading Dairy Companies in the World

Apr 08, 2022

Leading Dairy Companies in the World

The global dairy market reached a value of US$ 855.8 Billion in 2021. Dairy is a business enterprise that involves the processing and harvesting of animal milk for human consumption. Some common dairy products include milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, condensed milk, and butter. They are obtained from common milch animals such as cows, buffaloes, camels, and sheep.

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top dairy companies are introducing improvements in product safety through specialization, modernization, and consolidation. For instance, several key players are incorporating advanced technologies to quantify information to monitor various operations such as grass and herd management. In addition, the integration of robotics, smartphone data applications, satellite systems, and drones are also facilitating market growth. On account of these factors, the market value is expected to reach US$ 1207.4 Billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.09% during 2022-2027.

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Top Companies and Brands Operating in the Dairy Industry Worldwide:

Nestlé S.A.

Establishment: 1866
Headquarters: Vevey, Switzerland
Website: https://www.nestle.com/

Nestle is a leading company in nutrition, health and wellness that works to enhance the lives of consumers. It offers water, pet care, confectionery, nutrition, and health science, milk products, ice cream, powdered and liquid beverages, and pre-cooked dishes and cooking aids. Moreover, dairy and dairy products hold a significant share of the product portfolio of the company.

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Establishment: 2001
Headquarters: Auckland, New Zealand
Website: https://www.fonterra.com/nz/en.html

Fonterra is a New Zealand-based firm that aims to cater to natural products. They believe in striving for a better future and taking care of the environment. They are a leader in dairy innovation and science that has a long and proud heritage of dairy innovation. The company deals in a wide variety of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, milk powder, yogurt, flavored milk, table butter, and ice cream.


Establishment: 2008
Headquarters: Amersfoort, the Netherlands
Website: https://www.frieslandcampina.com/

FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy companies in the world. It focuses on manufacturing value-added dairy-based ingredients that are added to food, drinks, and nutrition products. The company is owned by Zuivelcooperatie Friesland Campina U.A., with over 19,000 dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. It also owns the entire supply chain, which guarantees high-quality products.

Arla Foods amba

Establishment: 2000
Headquarters: Aarhus, Denmark
Website: https://www.arla.com/

Arla Foods amba is an international cooperative that represents one of the biggest dairy companies globally. As one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world, it aims to bring nutritious products to millions of people sustainably. The company also represents one of the best in the world due to its enhanced quality program, traceability, and quality controls. It exhibits a vast product portfolio of dairy products and describes them as ‘naturally delicious.’

Danone S.A.

Establishment: 1919
Headquarters: Paris, France
Website: https://www.danone.com/

Danone S.A.is a food company and a world leader in four business lines such as essential dairy and plant-based products, early life nutrition, medical nutrition, and water. It builds on a unique health-focused portfolio that allows them to be a key player in the food revolution. It also offers fresh dairy products as well as plant-based products and beverages, which are two distinct but contemporary pillars.

Lactalis International

Establishment: 1933
Headquarters: Choisy-le-Roi, France
Website: https://www.lactalis-international.com/en/

Lactalis International is a global leader within the dairy industry and is present across all the market categories. It develops the Grand Export activity of the Lactalis Group in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and French Overseas Territories. It has been developing its expertise in providing a large range of dairy products for more than 25 years. The company is also a major player in chilled dairy, milk ingredients, and foodservice businesses in clinical and infant nutrition.

Dairy Farmers of America

Establishment: 1967
Headquarter: Kansas, United States
Website: https://www.dfamilk.com/

Formerly known as Mid-America Dairymen, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national milk marketing cooperative in the US. The company has a network of production facilities across the country that process farm-fresh milk and make products for some dairy brands, including yogurt, cheese, butter, and ice cream. Furthermore, it serves nearly 15,000 dairy farmer members, representing more than 9,000 dairy farms in over 48 states.

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor Gmb

Establishment: 2011
Headquarter: Germany
Website: https://dmk.de/en/

DMK is one of the largest dairy cooperatives in Germany. It is known to manufacture and further process milk products. It offers a wide range of products from basic milk products, cheese, and dairy ingredients for food manufacturing to baby food, ice cream, and health products. DMK is present in more than 100 countries worldwide with strong brands such as MILRAM and Osterland Oldenburger, Rose, Humana, Casarella, Intact, Biolabor, Hansal, and NORMI. The company also works on developing innovative and individual solutions for the customers.


About IMARC Group: IMARC Group is a leading market research and consulting company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. The company has done multiple projects on the global dairy industry and regional India, GCC, which has enabled clients to set up and expand their businesses successfully. Some of the company’s offerings include:

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