European dairy overviewIn the United Kingdom, dairy product manufacturers produced a turnover of over ten billion British pounds in 2020. Dairy processing is a large part of the food industry in many countries across Europe. For example, in the Netherlands, dairy was the biggest sector in the food industry aside from other miscellaneous food products, earning just under 15 billion euros in 2020. Swedish dairy manufacturing had a significantly smaller revenue than the Netherlands, at around 2.7 billion euros. Liquid milk made up the majority of dairy food produced in the European Union. The rest of the European milk was processed into cheese, cream, butter, fresh dairy products, and milk powder.
The dairy market in EuropeBased on its sales turnover of roughly 23 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, the French company Lactalis is the leading dairy manufacturer worldwide. Following this is the Swiss company Nestlé, and the French dairy corporation Danone, each with a revenue worth around 20 billion U.S. dollars. FrieslandCampina, another well-known dairy cooperative, is based in the Netherlands, and is famous for their Edam and Gouda cheese.
Cheese production in the Netherlands is forecast to reach nearly one billion euros by 2025. Although the Dutch love their cheese, a good majority of their cheeses are exported. The Netherlands is sending out most of its cheese to Germany and Belgium. Similarly, the French cuisine consists of a delicate selection of cheese. To supply other countries with the specialty, 656 thousand metric tons of French cheese were exported in 2020.