U.S. Milk Market - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Milk Market - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the milk market in the U.S.

“No matter how black a cow is, the milk is always white”, as the old saying goes. Milk is counted among the most essential staple foods, is an important part of a balanced diet and contains, among other vital nutrients, a high percentage of calcium. In 2015, worldwide milk production amounted to about 816.69 million metric tons. Among the major producers, the United States was ranked second with a milk production amounting to over 94 million metric tons in 2015.

California and Wisconsin represent the most important milk producing states in the U.S. milk market. Combined they accounted for a production volume of about 70 billion pounds of milk in 2015. Wisconsin is also known as “America’s Dairyland”, whereas California advertises with the slogan “Happy cows come from California”.

Nestlé USA, Dean Foods and Saputo Inc. constitute key market players in the competitive retail sector. U.S. milk retail sales amounted to 49.5 billion pounds in 2015. Within the category, reduced fat milk (2%) took the lion's share of retail sales in 2014.

On the consumer side, a recent survey revealed that 71 percent of Americans use milk and dairy as a high quality protein source. Nevertheless, per capita consumption is projected to decline significantly from 97.1 kilograms in 2010 to 86.6 kilograms by 2025. Contrary to the decline, premium-priced milk categories such as organic, plant-based or flavored products should assist in increasing American consumption once again.

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