Milk production volume in China 2008-2018

In 2018, China had an output of nearly 30.8 million metric tons of cow's milk. National milk production volume ranged between 30 and 31.8 million tons annually in the past decade.

Dairy sector in China

    China is the fifth largest dairy producer in the world and the second largest in Asia. Although the estimated number of dairy cows has been declining in the country, the production volume per cow is expected to grow from approximately 4,600 kilograms in 2017 to over 5,500 kilograms in 2024. Regardless of improving productivity, China still relies heavily on dairy imports. In 2018, China imported whey, packed milk, and whole milk powder in volumes of over 500 thousand metric tons each. New Zealand, Australia, United States, Germany, and France are among the major suppliers of the dairy products for the Chinese market.  

Major Chinese dairy producers

    Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group is the largest dairy processor in China. It is the number one Chinese company for UHT milk and milk powder, as well as being the most valuable Chinese food and dairy brand according to the recent Milward Brown's BrandZ ranking. Mengniu Dairy is Yili Group’s major competitor and is based in the same region of Inner Mongolia. Bright Dairy and some newer companies such as Shengmu are other well capitalized and well known market leaders.

Cow's milk production volume in China from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

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