Monday, October 15, 2018
 DFA Tops IFCN Top 20 Milk Processor List  

The International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) has published the top 20 global dairies based on milk intake in 2013 and Dairy Famers of America has topped the list. 


DairyCo analysis of the IFCN findings show that co-operatives number one Dairy Farmers of America and number two Fonterra, collecting 3.7% and 2.9% of global milk production respectively. European processors including Arla Foods follow, with all of them reported to have increased output by more than 40% since 2007.


It also says milk collected by processors in China and India also grew. The Chinese Government has a target of almost doubling milk production from the current 36 million tons to 64 million tons by 2020, while India is also looking to grow and improve its dairy sector with its industry-led Dairy Vision 2030 plan. Although processors in these key emerging countries are growing, the IFCN states that global demand for dairy will continue support opportunities for production and processing.

Key messages On IFCN Top 20 Dairy Companies Report:

DFA, Fonterra and Lactalis are the top 1-3 dairy companies:
The largest milk processor is now DFA – Dairy Farmers of America, no.2 Fonterra and no.3 Lactalis. DFA has become no. 1 as this year we have considered all milk collected and not just milk processed in dairy products like in the past. This method change has affected mainly DFA and also California dairies. Amul, the Indian dairy company, has moved within 2 year from rank 20 to rank 15. 


Turnover per kg of processed milk ranges from 0.5 – 1.9 US-$/kg milk
This indicator gives an indication in what category the processors are active in: a) milk collector, b) commodity products c) branded consumer products of d) a mix of a-c. Most private companies which are more active in branded consumer products have higher turn-over per kg milk than cooperatives.


Concentration in milk processing slightly increased since 2007 but still on low level:
The top 20 companies processed in 2013 approx. 25% of the milk produced and ca. 40% of the milk collected in the world. In the year 2007,  the top 20 companies processed ca. 22% of milk produced which means that there was on global level only a minor increase in concentration of milk processing.


Top 20 dairy companies process in 2013 30 mill t more milk than in 2007 
A number companies have increased their milk intake by more than 40% since 2007(>7%/year). This is the case for the following companies: Arla, RFC, DMK, Soodial, Amul, Yili, Mengniu, Lactalis and Saputo. A larger number of dairy companies in the USA like DFA, Dean, California Dairies or Land O’Lakes show stable or declining milk intake. 

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