Total U.S. milk production 1999-2019

The United States produced about 217.5 billion pounds of milk for human consumption in 2019. In 2000, this figure amounted to around 167.4 billion pounds. The volume of cow milk produced worldwide has risen steadily over the last several years.

U.S. milk market

While milk production has seen an increase over the last several years, milk retail sales have been dropping. The retail price of milk peaked in 2014 at 3.82 U.S. dollars per gallon and has since decreased to about 2.85 U.S. dollars per gallon in 2018.

Leading U.S. milk brands

Among the dairy brands in the U.S., private label milk has a higher level of sales than any name brand whole milk. Among name brands of whole milk, Dairy Pure generated the most dollar sales, at 102.33 million U.S. dollars in 2017. In the flavored milk category, the leading name brand was TruMoo, which sold nearly 91 million units in 2018. However, private label flavored milk sold many more units than even the leading name brand.

Total milk production in the United States from 1999 to 2019 (in million pounds)*

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Excludes milk sucked by calves.
** The source reported the figure for this year in billions (212 billion pounds).
Data for 1999-2004 were taken from previous USDA Milk Production reports.

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