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Leading producers of cow milk worldwide 2019, by country

The leading producer of cow milk worldwide was the European Union in 2019. In that year, the 28 countries of the European Union collectively produced about 155.3 million metric tons of cow milk. The United States came in second at around 99.2 million metric tons.

International dairy trade

The export value of dairy product worldwide reached 52 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, up from 50 billion U.S. dollars in the previous year. As the top producer of cow milk worldwide, the European Union also was the top exporter of dairy products.

Leading dairy processors

The Dairy Farmers of America, based in the United States, is the biggest player in the global dairy market, while New Zealand is home to the second largest dairy production company, Fonterra. When it comes to dairy processing and dairy products, Nestlé USA is the leading company in North America, generating 14.7 billion dollars in sales in 2018.

Major producers of cow milk worldwide in 2019, by country

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Release date

December 2019



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Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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