Global consumption of fluid milk 2019, by country

In 2019, India consumed the most cow milk worldwide, drinking over 77.7 million metric tons. The next largest consumption of milk was in the European Union, at 33.4 million metric tons.

The dairy industry in India

India’s dairy industry is wide-ranging, with products such as ghee butter, lassi, and paneer. Curd and yogurt are the most valuable segments in the industry. Milk production in India increased over the past decade, reaching over 175 million metric tons in 2018. Most of India’s milk is produced in Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan.

The international market for milk production

Cow milk production has increased slightly over the past half-decade, hovering around 500 million metric tons each year. The European Union produced the most cow milk in 2019, with the United States in second at 99 million metric tons generated. California and Wisconsin are the states with the most milk cows.

Annual consumption of fluid cow milk worldwide in 2019, by country

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Release date

December 2019



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